More jobs, but no change in unemployment rate
Data released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor statistics show the unemployment rate for February holding at 8.3%.
The Employment Situation Summary shows employers added 227,000 jobs in the month, slightly more than expected, according to analyst forecasts. It was also the third straight month that employers added more than 200,000 jobs.
The 8.3% unemployment rate was unchanged from January, but down from 8.9% in February 2011, and way down from 9.7% in February 2010.
Construction employment changed little in February, after two consecutive months of job gains. Over the month, employment fell by 14,000 in nonresidential specialty trade contractors.
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Lowe’s to offer extra services to commercial customers
Lowe’s has partnered with Deluxe Corp. in a deal that will offer Lowe’s commercial customers services like web design and hosting, search engine marketing and optimization, logo design, and emailing marketing. Deluxe’s products and services will be offered through LowesforPros.com website.
"Our commercial business customers want to spend their time designing and building, not managing paperwork or marketing projects," said Mike Horn, VP commercial sales for Lowe’s. "This partnership provides customers with solutions to run and grow their business in the most time-efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Our mutual commitment to providing essential tools to help businesses grow from the ground up makes this an ideal partnership."
Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Deluxe offers a wide range of products and services for small businesses, including customized checks and forms as well as web-site development and hosting, search engine marketing, logo design and business networking. For financial institutions, Deluxe offers industry-leading programs in checks, customer acquisition, regulatory compliance, fraud prevention and profitability. Deluxe is also a leading printer of checks and accessories sold directly to consumers.
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HCN TV: Eisenwarenmesse highlights from Cologne
From the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse — or the International Hardware Fair — in Cologne, Germany, an editor and a camera crew visit the booths of Pferd, Einhell and Rhodius.