Bureau Of Labor Statistics

  • 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

  • June Jobs Report Still Gloomy, Only 80,000 Jobs Added

    June Jobs Report Still Gloomy, Only 80,000 Jobs Added

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is struggling three years after the recession ended. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Claims Drop This Week, But Hiring Still Weak

    Unemployment Claims Drop This Week, But Hiring Still Weak

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, but the level of applications remains too high to signal a pickup in hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 386,000. That's down from... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Claims Rise, As Job Market Stagnates

    U.S. Unemployment Claims Rise, As Job Market Stagnates

    By Lucia Mutikani and Steven C. Johnson U.S. manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in 11 months in June and the number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment aid fell slightly last week, further evidence that the economy was weakening. Other reports on Thursday underscored the difficulty the... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Up, Employers Still Not Hiring Enough

    Jobless Claims Up, Employers Still Not Hiring Enough

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, an increase from an upwardly revised 380,000 the... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Steady, Suggesting Hiring Could Pick Up

    Jobless Claims Steady, Suggesting Hiring Could Pick Up

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting steady gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment aid applications stayed at a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the same level as the previous... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Claims Continue To Drop

    Unemployment Claims Continue To Drop

    By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week after dropping sharply the previous week, evidence that hiring could pick up this month. Weekly applications dropped by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ending May 5, the Labor... Continue Reading

  • 5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

    5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

    American workers are increasingly miserable on the job. No wonder: Those who survived mass layoffs during the recent recession often were rewarded with more work for the same or less pay. A survey released last fall found that nearly a third (32 percent) of U.S. workers considered quitting their jobs, up 9... Continue Reading

  • A Job In High Demand That Pays $68,000 A Year

    A Job In High Demand That Pays $68,000 A Year

    As the nation's baby boomer generation has aged, there's been a corresponding increase in demand for workers to provide health-care services. It comes as little surprise then that the health-care sector has added an average of 28,000 jobs a month during the last 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor... Continue Reading

  • Businesses Add Only 115,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment 8.1%

    Businesses Add Only 115,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment 8.1%

    By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- Businesses added only 115,000 jobs in April, another weak month of job creation, but the unemployment rate came down to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent. Previous months' payroll numbers were revised upward. The Labor Department said 154,000 jobs were added in March, versus the... Continue Reading

  • April Jobs Report: What More Bad News Could Mean For You

    April Jobs Report: What More Bad News Could Mean For You

    The April jobs report due this Friday could be one of the more significant pieces of economic data released so far this year. Solid numbers could revive optimism for a strong recovery in 2012. More bad news could have a devastating domino effect across the economic landscape. Also due next week are monthly... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline Slightly

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline Slightly

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but remained higher than it's been in recent weeks. The rise in applications in the past two weeks could signal that the job market is slowing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly... Continue Reading

  • Report: U.S. Is Creating Lousy Jobs

    Report: U.S. Is Creating Lousy Jobs

    By Dunstan Prial An analysis of recent labor market data shows that while the number of jobs created in early 2012 exceeds that of a year ago, the jobs added to U.S. payrolls paid less than those created in early 2011. In the first four months of fiscal year 2012, employment and withheld income tax... Continue Reading

  • Don't Job Hunt Here: 5 Cities With Double The National Unemployment Rate

    Don't Job Hunt Here: 5 Cities With Double The National Unemployment Rate

    By 24/7 Wall Street When the U.S. labor market is discussed, the national figures naturally take center stage. But the job hunt picture across the country can be very different -- not just between states, but from city to city, too. The recent jobs figures for February show a great variation among the... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Aid Applications Stay At 4-Year Low

    Unemployment Aid Applications Stay At 4-Year Low

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid was unchanged last week and the four-week average of applications fell to its lowest point in four years. The figures add to evidence that show the job market is improving. Continue Reading

  • Obama's Call For Manufacturing Revival A Tough Goal

    Obama's Call For Manufacturing Revival A Tough Goal

    By Tom Raum WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it. Continue Reading

  • Economy Likely Started 2012 With Solid Job Growth

    Economy Likely Started 2012 With Solid Job Growth

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The economy likely produced another solid month of hiring in January, a promising start for 2012. Economists forecast that employers added a net 155,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate remained 8.5 percent for a second straight month, according... Continue Reading

  • Fewer U.S. Workers Seek Unemployment Aid As Job Market Improves

    Fewer U.S. Workers Seek Unemployment Aid As Job Market Improves

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week, a sign that companies are cutting fewer jobs and likely stepping up hiring. Weekly unemployment applications fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week... Continue Reading

  • The Best And Worst States For Job Seekers

    The Best And Worst States For Job Seekers

    By Debra Auerbach There have been signs of economic growth this month. Earlier in the month we learned that as of December 2011, the national jobless rate was at 8.5 percent, a rate that's continued to trend down since February 2009. Continue Reading

  • Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop To 352,000, Fewest Since 2008

    Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop To 352,000, Fewest Since 2008

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week to 352,000, the fewest since April 2008. The decline added to evidence that the job market is strengthening. Weekly applications fell 50,000, the biggest drop in the seasonally adjusted figure in... Continue Reading

  • 7 Reasons Today's Employment Report Gives Us Hope For The Job Market

    7 Reasons Today's Employment Report Gives Us Hope For The Job Market

    By Kaitlin Madden Finally, some great news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly employment report. Not only did unemployment drop to 8.5 percent last month – the lowest it's been since February 2009 – but the economy added about 200,000 jobs in December, close to the monthly growth rate... Continue Reading

  • Disability Employment Resources 101

    Disability Employment Resources 101

    By Sarah Laugtug, career consultant and executive editor of ilivewithadisability.com The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the October 2011 disability employment data, and the news was encouraging. According to the news release, unemployment for people with disabilities ages 16-64 was 13.2... Continue Reading

  • American Cities That Gained (And Lost) The Most Jobs

    American Cities That Gained (And Lost) The Most Jobs

    As economic conditions in the country improve, it is not enough to quote national statistics and vague data. Tangible, localized measures often paint a much clearer picture of the recovery across the nation. And one of the best is new jobs growth. Between November 2010 and October 2011, the biggest cities in... Continue Reading

  • How To Become A Police Officer [Infographic]

    How To Become A Police Officer [Infographic]

    This article originally appeared on Schools.com By Kristin Marino To protect and to serve. If those words hold particular meaning for you, you've probably considered a career in law enforcement--and if not, you might want to. Employment for police officers and detectives is expected to grow by 10 percent... Continue Reading

  • Companies Hiring In Large Volume

    Companies Hiring In Large Volume

    By John Smith, senior vice president of enterprise sales at CareerBuilder December often becomes a transition month for job seekers. As the busy holiday season approaches, calendars get filled with parties. Relatives come into town for a visit. Children have a few weeks off from school and need to be... Continue Reading

  • Why Entrepreneurship May Be The Last,  Best Option For Displaced Baby Boomers

    Why Entrepreneurship May Be The Last, Best Option For Displaced Baby Boomers

    The Great Recession sent shockwaves throughout the jobs market that still resonate today. Research conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that 55 percent of American workers have suffered a period of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours, or an involuntary period of working part-time. As... Continue Reading

  • The Time Is Right For A Career In Accounting

    The Time Is Right For A Career In Accounting

    For many people looking for employment, the promise of job security is a definite plus. Yet for those just starting out in their job search -- or even just considering their major in college -- finding a job that is going to be financially secure and personally rewarding can be a challenge. For those who have... Continue Reading

  • 10 Best-Paying Jobs Of The Future

    10 Best-Paying Jobs Of The Future

    Demand for these jobs is expected to increase more than 20% in the next 5 years.

    If you decided on a new career path today, wouldn't you like to know which jobs will be in high demand and pay the most once you were out of school? To serve as a guide, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the best-paying jobs of the future. These jobs will grow the most in the next decade and have median incomes well... Continue Reading

  • As Employment Remains Flat, Risk of Recession Rises

    As Employment Remains Flat, Risk of Recession Rises

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Employers added no net workers last month and the unemployment rate was unchanged, a sign that many were nervous the U.S. economy is at risk of slipping into another recession. Continue Reading

  • Hate Being Chained To Your Desk All Day? 20 Jobs That Keep You Moving

    Hate Being Chained To Your Desk All Day? 20 Jobs That Keep You Moving

    Most of us no longer earn our salaries by the sweat of our brows. Instead, we work at sedentary jobs, don't work up a sweat on the job (except from stressful situations), and put on the pounds. Fortunately, not all high-paying jobs are sedentary, especially those in health care and education. A study at... Continue Reading