Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with a magazine cover of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photographer: Justin Lane/EPA.
Events and policies have conspired to propel the stock market to new heights. Will it keep rising? And, a look at the "fluky" labor report.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the U.S. economy should continue to recover, and he expects the central bank will continue to provide support to growth until the labor market is fully healed.
The job market rebounded from a two-month slump in February as employers added 175,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate rose to 6.7% from 6.6%, the Labor Department said Friday.
Statistics Canada's monthly labour force estimates for February show the rosy picture painted for January still holding, with sharp improvements compared to February of 2013.