• Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in New York. World stocks rose Monday after weak U.S. jobs data prompted expectations the Federal Reserve might postpone an interest rate hike. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    US stocks open higher; energy, GE are among early gainers

    HONG KONG (AP) — Japan led Asian stocks higher Tuesday on hopes for new stimulus from its central bank while investors were also buoyed by the prospect that the Federal Reserve will wait until next year to raise interest rates.

  • Paycheck mystery: More jobs and fewer people but limp raises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies have posted a record number of job openings just when a diminished proportion of Americans are either working or looking for work.

  • Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. A weak report on the U.S. jobs market is sending the stock market and the dollar sharply lower in early trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks, dollar sink after weak jobs report suggests slowdown

    NEW YORK (AP) — News of slower hiring last month jolted markets early Friday, driving government bonds up and the dollar down. The stock market, after slumping in early trading, finished the day with a solid gain.

  • In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, a Philadelphia business displays a help wanted sign in its storefront. The September jobs report coming Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, will provide clues to the job market’s health that go beyond the unemployment rate. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Apart from low unemployment, just how healthy is job market?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate — now just 5.1 percent — grabs a lot of the attention each month when the government issues its jobs data. Yet the rate doesn’t come close to sketching a full picture of the job market.