Labor Department

Applications for jobless aid climbed by 14,000 to 262,000 and now have risen five out of the last six weeks, the Labor Department reported.
Defying anxiety about a possible recession and raging inflation, America’s employers added a surprising 528,000 jobs last month.
Businesses in many industries remain desperate to hire workers.
At 3.6%, unemployment nearly reached the lowest level in half a century.
There were 11.3 million available jobs last month, matching January's figure and just below December's record of 11.4 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
In total, 1,350,000 Americans were collecting jobless aid the week that ended March 12, another five-decade low.
Jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 214,000 for the week ending March 12, down from the previous week's 229,000.
The amount represents 3% of the $3.4 trillion dispersed for COVID relief.
That's after adding more than half a million jobs in October.
The higher wage floor will apply to new federal contracts across the country after Jan. 30.