U.S. Hiring Slows Sharply to Weakest Point in a Year

U.S. hiring was the weakest in more than a year while wage gains were the fastest of the expansion and the unemployment rate fell, a possible sign that America’s jobs engine is starting to slow down. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 20,000 after an upwardly revised 311,000 gain the prior month, a Labor Department report showed […]

Latest Unemployment Benefits Claims Hint Labor Market Is Regaining Strength

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by more than expected to a four-week low, a sign the labor market is regaining its footing following the longest-ever government shutdown. Jobless claims declined to 216,000 in the week ended Feb. 16, below forecasts for 228,000, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, […]