Today’s news update focuses on the current unemployment rate, GM Management, Healthcare and Stocks.
Current Unemployment Rate News
In the strongest employment report since the recession began nearly two years ago, the government said Friday that the nation’s employers had all but stopped shedding jobs in November, taking some of the pressure off of President Obama to come up with a jobs creation program.
The Labor Department reported that the United States economy lost 11,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 10 percent, down from 10.2 percent in October.
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — General Motors Co. will announce sweeping changes to its leadership early Friday that will include promotions for its younger managers to help revitalize the troubled automaker, according to a published report.
The management shakeup follows the sudden departure of Fritz Henderson, 51, as chief executive after just nine months on the job and the ascent of Ed Whitacre, 68, to head the struggling Detroit automaker.
Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — White House Budget Director Peter Orszag says the medical-system overhaul now being debated in the Senate puts in place “crucial steps” to help slow the growth of U.S. health-care spending.
As the lawmakers struggle to reach consensus on the nation’s most far-reaching health legislation in four decades, some economists and analysts don’t share that confidence in either the Senate or the House bills.
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. stock futures surged Friday morning as the monthly nonfarm payrolls report shattered expectations, providing a sign the labor market is finally starting to heal.
After trading around 15 points higher prior to the report, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures jumped 123 points to 10475 in recent trading. Standard & Poor’s 500 futures added 15 to 1113 and Nasdaq 100 futures gained 24 to 1805.
Setting off the gains, U.S. job losses slowed sharply in November and the unemployment rate unexpectedly declined. In its monthly report, the Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls fell by just 11,000 last month, slowing down from a downwardly revised 111,000 drop seen in October. It was the best showing since December 2007, when payrolls rose by 120,000, said a Labor department official. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had expected a payroll decrease of 125,000.