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US Employers Add 162K Jobs

U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. The gain was still enough to help lower the unemployment rate to a 4 1/2-year low of 7.4 percent, a hopeful sign in an otherwise lackluster report.

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Five of Nine NJ Sectors Add Jobs in June [AUDIO]

Employers in New Jersey added 4,600 jobs in June, but the unemployment rate still increased slightly, ending four consecutive months of improvement.

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Long-term Jersey Jobless Hurt By Washington Dysfunction [AUDIO]

Automatic federal spending cuts brought about as a result of sequestration are trickling down to those who have been out of work for awhile.

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New Employment Figures Leave NJ Residents Puzzled [AUDIO]

The national unemployment rate now stands at 7.6 percent, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports the official employment rate, which represents the percentage of adults who have a job, is holding steady at 58.6 percent.

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US Unemployment Benefit Applications Fall To 343K

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000 last week, a sign that layoffs remain low and companies are adding a modest number of jobs.

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Do you have a prison record and can't get a job?
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NJ Senators Aim to Ensure Prisoners Don’t Collect Unemployment [AUDIO]

Late last month, State Comptroller Matt Boxer released an audit that identified more than $23 million in benefit payments made to or on behalf of prison inmates who did not appear to be entitled to such payments.

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Your Tax Dollars Going to Prison Inmates for Government Benefits [AUDIO]

Just when you thought you've already heard every conceivable way the state can abuse your tax dollars comes a new audit from the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).

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Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
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Is Governor Christie’s “Jersey Comeback” Claim True? [AUDIO]

Maybe Gov. Chris Christie's much ballyhooed "Jersey Comeback" claim has some merit.

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Unemployed Older Workers Continue to Struggle [AUDIO]

Stuck in their 50s, older workers in America stay jobless longer and have more trouble rejoining the workforce than their younger counterparts.

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NJ Unemployment Drops, But Struggles Continue [AUDIO]

New Jersey's unemployment rate continues to drop, reaching it's lowest level in four years at 8.7 percent with private sector employers adding 4,100 jobs in April.

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