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German consumer confidence heads higher

German consumer confidence is continuing to rise on the back of a strong labor market and the prospect of more robust economic growth, a survey showed Tuesday. Full story

Consumer impact on earnings

   Mike Thompson, S&P Capital IQ, discusses revenues and earnings, as well as the impact of consumers and the labor markets. "There's a certain kind of market Darwinism," he says.

Mysteries of the middle class: Chrystia Freeland

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you are worried about the Western middle class - and we all should be - you may have started to have some doubts about the virtues of flexible labor markets. In theory, flexible labor markets should make our economies more productive, and all of us richer, by making it easier Full story

NY Fed President Speaking on Labor Market

   CNBC's Steve Lieman provides a preview of New York Fed President William Dudley's briefing on the labor market, economy and Fed policy, with Allen Sinai, Decision Economics and John Lonski, Moody's Capital Markets Research Group.

Jobless claims fall, labor market gradually improving

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to moderate job growth despite slowing economic activity. Full story

The Outlook For Jobs

   Has there been substantial improvement in the labor market? CNBC's Steve Liesman, provides perspective. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) questions where the Fed is headed, and what QE has achieved.

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  Rosengren's Economic Outlook

In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC's Steve Liesman, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren talks about the labor market and the timing of winding down quantitative easing.

  Union membership on a decline

Bill Spriggs, the chief economist to the AFL-CIO, explains whether low union membership means trouble for the Democratic Party.

  FOMC Minutes: All Members But One Agree More QE Needed

Members of the FOMC have decided that without additional QE, the labor market will not improve. CNBC's Steve Liesman explains.

  Fed's Rosengren: 'Treading Water' on Jobs & the Economy

"We're only just trending water in the labor market," says Eric Rosengren, Boston Fed President, commenting on the outlook on employment and discussing why he thinks the Fed needs "an open-ended" policy on quantitative easing and expand its portfolio ...

  Former GM Exec Talks Jobs, Rally

Robert Lutz, former General Motors vice chairman, shares his own take on the recovery in the labor market as well as the market rally today.

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