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Employers Accelerated Hiring in October; Key Measures of Labor-Market Slack Tighten

November 9, 2015 U.S. employers shook off their third-quarter doldrums in October, hiring the most new workers in any month so far this year. The sizable gain in payrolls also renews discussions about a possible hike by the Federal Reserve in the overnight lending rate before the end of this year. The drop in the […]

Hiring Momentum Slackens; Fed Likely to Postpone Rate Increase

October 5, 2015 The U.S. economy continued to make headway in September, though the pace of employment growth slackened. Employers have added 1.8 million workers so far this year, a steady performance in the face of international turbulence and economic weakening that began to emerge in August. These negative headlines, together with sliding exports induced […]

Federal Reserve Blinks, Holding Key Rate Flat; Investors to Enjoy a Temporary Reprieve from Rising Rates

September 17, 2015 After weeks of speculation punctuated by a bout of volatility in global equity markets, the Federal Reserve opted Thursday to maintain its benchmark lending rate at or near zero percent. While acknowledging that the U.S. labor market continues to improve, the central bank also heeded softer conditions in foreign economies in reaching […]

August Hiring Gains, Drop in Unemployment Rate Muddle Federal Reserve Decision

September 8, 2015 Tempered hiring in August plus a decline in the unemployment rate to a seven-year low complicate the Federal Reserve‚Äôs September decision on whether it should raise its short-term lending rate. The central bank will have to decide whether the labor market and the broader economy are sufficiently strong to justify a hike, […]


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