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    WASHINGTON-- The average rate for a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08% in the week that ended July 2, reaching the highest rate since October, from 4.02% in the prior week, according to a Thursday report from federally controlled mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago, the 30- year rate was at 4.12%. A record low of 3.31% for the 30- year mortgage was reached in November 2012. The average rate for the 15- year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.24% in the latest week from 3.21% in...

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    The dollar traded lower against its main rivals Thursday after the June jobs report. The U.S. economy created 223,000 new private-sector jobs in June, while the readings for April and May were revised lower. While the number matched the consensus forecast from a survey of economists conducted by MarketWatch, economists' expectations had risen ahead of the report after a stronger-than-expected nonfarm payrolls number on Wednesday.

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    Stocks turned mixed Thursday after the U.S. added 223,000 jobs in June, a number that could give the Federal Reserve pause on whether to raise interest rates in September.

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    Here's what economists are saying about June's employment report, showing 223,000 jobs were added in the month. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3% from 5.5%. Also read: U.S. creates 223,000 jobs in June, unemployment 5.3%.

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    Americans say the American Dream is suffering-- and that our laziness and low morals may be partially to blame. Three in four Americans now say that the "American Dream"-- broadly, the notion that through hard work and determination every American can have a successful life-- is suffering, according to the 7th Annual American Values Survey unveiled Wednesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. What's more, 69% say the obstacles to realizing the dream are "more severe today than ever"-- and note that...

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    The U.S. created 223,000 new jobs in June, adding to bounty of evidence the economy has sped up again in the spring and early summer. Yet the latest employment report also offered evidence that the U.S. is not expanding quite as fast as it was in the middle of 2014. See full story. The richer Kim Kardashian gets, the more she does this.

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    The economy created 223,000 new jobs in June, reflecting a pickup in hiring that's likely help boost U.S. growth in the second quarter. Yet wages were flat and job gains in the prior two months were reduced, the government said Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a gain of 225,000 nonfarm jobs.

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    U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month after a downwardly revised 254,000 increase in May, with construction and government employment unchanged, and the mining sector purging more jobs.

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    The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits rose in late June to a five-week high, up 10,000 to 281,000 in the seven days stretching from June 21 to June 27. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected claims to total a seasonally adjusted 275,000. Still, initial claims have stayed below the key 300,000 mark for 17 straight weeks, reflecting a record low level of layoffs and a steady increase in new hiring in a gradually improving U.S. labor market.

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    Yanis Varoufakis said he will resign as Greece's finance minister if Greeks vote "yes", speaking in an interview with Bloomberg Thursday. But he added he will remain as a member of parliament and will work with whoever takes over. Varoufakis also said the Greek government will find a way to sign the bailout deal on offer from the country's lenders if Sunday's referendum ends in a "yes" vote.

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    Ten months ago, Ace chief Evan Greenberg said he expected to see "more of a feeding frenzy" in mergers and acquisitions as profit pressures and growth constraints weighed on insurance companies. Investors' appetite for it was clearly building. On Wednesday, Ace said it had agreed to buy Chubb (CB) for $28 billion in cash and stock.

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    We interviewed Kim Kardashian about money. Here's our exclusive Q&A on what she does with her reported $85 million net worth. Trump's hotel chain reportedly hacked.

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    Illinois' Democrat-controlled House failed to pass an emergency $2.26 billion one-month spending bill on Wednesday as a budget impasse threatens a state government shutdown. The Senate did pass an identical bill on Wednesday, which will move to the House next week for a vote.

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    The Federal Reserve and major banks are at odds over whether conditions in the U.S. bond market are deteriorating or merely in a temporary state of flux as investors adapt to new rules, with policymakers and lenders disagreeing over even basic metrics to assess the problem.

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    The dollar started the month off strong on Wednesday, as a spate of strong U.S. economic data suggested growth remained robust in June, increasing the likelihood that Federal Reserve policy makers will raise interest rates this year. ADP's June estimate for private-sector hiring beat estimates by nearly 20,000 jobs, quickly sending the dollar through 123 yen, and the euro below $1.11. The dollar had found resistance at both of those levels earlier in the session.

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    Executive says infrastructure, tax, immigration are policies to change. WASHINGTON-- Globe-trotting business consultant Frank Friedman believes the U.S. economy is still the envy of the world. But the chief financial officer of Deloitte LLP says Americans have to adjust to new ways of doing business and keep their skills sharp to stay ahead in an intensively competitive global economy.

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    July 1 WASHINGTON - The number of jobs in the U.S. temporary help services industry reached an all-time high in May, signaling a recovering labor market and potential future boost in employment. Temporary jobs increased to 2.9 million, accounting for 2.4 percent of all private-sector jobs in the country, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

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    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday increased pressure on lawmakers unwilling to adopt his pro-business reforms as the state began its new fiscal year without a budget. The Republican governor followed through on his plan to ground the state airplane shuttle between Chicago and Springfield, forcing some Chicago area lawmakers to find other ways to make the 195-mile trip home.