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Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 7.8%

Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 7.8%

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- The pace of hiring by U.S. employers eased slightly in December, pointing to a lackluster pace of economic growth that was unable to make further inroads in the country's still high unemployment rate. Payrolls outside the farming sector grew 155,000 last month, the Labor... Read More »

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise, But Distorted By Holidays

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise, But Distorted By Holidays

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the data continues to be too distorted by the holidays to offer a clear read of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally... Read More »

How American Workers' Lives Changed: Stats Tell The Story

How American Workers' Lives Changed: Stats Tell The Story

By Debra Auerbach Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data on employment and unemployment from the prior calendar year. "Work Experience of the Population - 2011" provides a snapshot of U.S. work activity in 2011 and how the information compares to data from previous years. Below are... Read More »

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, But Job Growth Remains Steady

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, But Job Growth Remains Steady

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid rose last week, putting them back at the lower end of their pre-storm range and suggesting job growth remains moderate. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labor... Read More »

November Jobs Report: Hiring Up, Unemployment Rate Falls -- Despite Sandy

November Jobs Report: Hiring Up, Unemployment Rate Falls -- Despite Sandy

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture... Read More »

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop 25,000, As Hurricane Sandy's Effect Wanes

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop 25,000, As Hurricane Sandy's Effect Wanes

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a third straight week last week, but still remain too volatile to offer a clear signal on labor market conditions. Initial jobless claims dropped 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor Department said on... Read More »

ADP Report: Sandy Slowed Hiring In November

ADP Report: Sandy Slowed Hiring In November

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- A private survey shows that U.S. businesses added fewer workers in November, in part because Superstorm Sandy shut down factories, retail stores and other companies. Payroll processor ADP says employers added 118,000 jobs last month. That's below October's total of... Read More »

Unemployment Claims Drop, As Sandy's Effects Wear Off

Unemployment Claims Drop, As Sandy's Effects Wear Off

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the storm-related surge, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally... Read More »

Unemployment Rates Fall In More Than Half Of Large U.S. Cities

Unemployment Rates Fall In More Than Half Of Large U.S. Cities

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates declined last month in more than half of the 372 largest U.S. cities, further evidence of steady improvement in the job market. The Labor Department says rates fell in 201 metro areas. They rose in 116 and were unchanged in 55. The number of cities... Read More »

Jobless Claims Jump, Hurricane Sandy Blamed

Jobless Claims Jump, Hurricane Sandy Blamed

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits surged last week to a 1 1/2-year high, a sign superstorm Sandy had dented the U.S. economy by leaving tens of thousands of people out of work. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Read More »

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... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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... Read More »

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. Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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. Read More »

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