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  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Amid Hurricane Sandy

    Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Amid Hurricane Sandy

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market's slow recovery was gaining traction, although a severe storm distorted the data. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, the Labor Department said... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Dropped Again

    U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Dropped Again

    WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market's slow recovery was gaining traction. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.... Continue Reading

  • Private Sector Added 158,000 Jobs In October, Highest In 8 Months, ADP Says

    Private Sector Added 158,000 Jobs In October, Highest In 8 Months, ADP Says

    NEW YORK -- U.S. companies added 158,000 jobs in October, data from a payrolls processor showed on Thursday, in a revamped report on the private sector labor market. That was the most private sector jobs added in eight months, according to Bloomberg. The historical data for the ADP National Employment Report... Continue Reading

  • October Jobs Report Not Delayed, Coming Friday, Labor Department Says

    October Jobs Report Not Delayed, Coming Friday, Labor Department Says

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Labor Department said on Monday that it intends to release the October employment report as scheduled on Friday despite disruption from Hurricane Sandy, delivering the final update on the country's battered jobs market before the Nov. 6 election. Continue Reading

  • Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Job Market Healing

    Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Job Market Healing

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, giving a clearer sign that the labor market is healing after wild fluctuations in claims data at the beginning of the month. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Continue Reading

  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, Technical Issues Cited

    Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, Technical Issues Cited

    WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, reversing a sharp decline in the prior week but still pointing to a labor market that is slowly healing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 46,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Continue Reading

  • Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Rate Plummeting

    Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Rate Plummeting

    New data from Gallup affirms official government statistics, showing that the unemployment rate is dropping sharply. Gallup's data finds that unemployment has declined from 7.9 percent in late September to 7.3 percent in mid-October, the lowest since Gallup began collecting data in January 2010. Take a look... Continue Reading

  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall To Lowest In 4.5 Years

    Weekly Jobless Claims Fall To Lowest In 4.5 Years

    WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according to government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Rose Last Week -- But Less Than Expected

    Jobless Claims Rose Last Week -- But Less Than Expected

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the... Continue Reading

  • Tepid Jobs Report Better Than Expected: Employers Added 162,000 Jobs In September

    Tepid Jobs Report Better Than Expected: Employers Added 162,000 Jobs In September

    NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added 162,000 jobs in September, topping economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 143,000 jobs. Continue Reading

  • Hopeful Sign? U.S. Unemployment Claims Fall To 2 Month Low

    Hopeful Sign? U.S. Unemployment Claims Fall To 2 Month Low

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in two months, a hopeful sign for a labor market that has struggled to gain traction in recent months. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000,... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Claims Down Last Week, Job Market Still Weak

    U.S. Unemployment Claims Down Last Week, Job Market Still Weak

    WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week, unwinding some of the weather-related spike during the previous week, but the underlying tone of the report pointed to some weakening in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Jumped Last Week, Tropical Storm Isaac Blamed

    Jobless Claims Jumped Last Week, Tropical Storm Isaac Blamed

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's... Continue Reading

  • More Bad Jobs News: Employers Posted Fewer Jobs In July

    More Bad Jobs News: Employers Posted Fewer Jobs In July

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in July than in June, further evidence that hiring may stay weak in the coming months. Job openings fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.67 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's down from June's 3.72 million job openings, which... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Is There Any Light At The End Of This Tunnel?

    My Unemployed Life: Is There Any Light At The End Of This Tunnel?

    The unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent. Whoopee! My good cheer is sarcastic because the reason it dropped is nothing to celebrate. Quite the opposite: The unemployment rate only came down, according to today's Bureau of Labor Statistics report, because 368,000 people who'd been looking... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Jobs Growth Slows In August

    U.S. Jobs Growth Slows In August

    Looking for a job? Click here to get started. By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. jobs growth slowed more than expected in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest In A Month

    Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest In A Month

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to its lowest level in a month, an upbeat signal for a labor market that has struggled to create enough jobs. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000, the... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Claims Remain Unchanged

    Unemployment Claims Remain Unchanged

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits was unchanged last week, pointing to a labor market that was treading water. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was... Continue Reading

  • Laid-Off Workers Who Find Jobs Take Deep Pay Cuts

    Laid-Off Workers Who Find Jobs Take Deep Pay Cuts

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economic recovery hasn't felt much like one even for people who managed to find new jobs after being laid off. Most of them have had to settle for less pay. Only 56 percent of Americans laid off from January 2009 through December 2011 had found jobs by the start of this year, the Labor... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Rise: Labor Market Healing Slowly

    Jobless Claims Rise: Labor Market Healing Slowly

    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON, Aug 23 -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, suggesting that the labor market is healing too slowly to make much of a dent in the unemployment rate. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to a seasonally... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rate Up In 44 States In July

    Unemployment Rate Up In 44 States In July

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide. Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Up By Only 2,000

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Up By Only 2,000

    By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. Unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. The less... Continue Reading

  • Auto Industry Fast Adding Jobs -- 236,000 And Counting

    Auto Industry Fast Adding Jobs -- 236,000 And Counting

    By Pete Bigelow, AOL Autos Strengthened interest by consumers and government in fuel-efficient vehicles has accelerated job growth throughout the U.S. auto industry, according to a recent report by a consortium of environmental advocates. The U.S. has added 236,600 jobs in the industry since June 2009, and... Continue Reading

  • States With The Most Underemployed Workers

    States With The Most Underemployed Workers

    By Jake Thiewes & 24/7 Wall Street With the upcoming presidential election, more than ever people are focused on the government's unemployment statistics. Last Friday, the Labor Department announced a slight increase in the unemployment rate -- from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent. Unemployment,... Continue Reading

  • More Hiring In July, But Jobless Rate Up To 8.3 Percent

    More Hiring In July, But Jobless Rate Up To 8.3 Percent

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers in July hired the most workers in five months, but an increase in the jobless rate to 8.3 percent will probably keep expectations of additional monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve intact. Nonfarm payrolls rose 163,000 last month, the Labor Department... Continue Reading

  • Weekly Unemployment Claims Rise Less Than Expected

    Weekly Unemployment Claims Rise Less Than Expected

    The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose less than expected last week, but the data continues to be influenced by distortions from seasonal auto shutdowns. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000, the Labor Department said on... Continue Reading

  • Private Sector Shows 'Respectable' Job Growth In July

    Private Sector Shows 'Respectable' Job Growth In July

    By Leah Schnurr The pace of job creation by private employers slowed modestly in July to 163,000 new jobs, though the gain still topped economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Up In 27 States In June, Just 80,000 New Jobs Added

    Unemployment Up In 27 States In June, Just 80,000 New Jobs Added

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in 27 U.S. states last month, the most in almost a year and a reflection of weaker hiring nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 11 states and Washington, D.C. - the fewest since August. Rates were... Continue Reading

  • Hopeful Sign For Jobs: Unemployment Claims Fall To 4-Year Low

    Hopeful Sign For Jobs: Unemployment Claims Fall To 4-Year Low

    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell sharply to the lowest level in four years, a hopeful sign for the struggling labor market, government data showed on Thursday. Continue Reading

  • Job Market Improving, ADP Report Suggests

    Job Market Improving, ADP Report Suggests

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private survey shows U.S. businesses increased hiring in June, suggesting the job market could be recovering after three sluggish months. Continue Reading