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Jobless Claims At Their Lowest Since Mid-2008

Jobless Claims At Their Lowest Since Mid-2008

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid fell last week to nearly its lowest level in 4½ years, a sign that the labor market is healing. 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 »

Jobless Claims Drop Sharply, As Employers Curb Layoffs

Jobless Claims Drop Sharply, As Employers Curb Layoffs

By Christopher Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally... Read More »

The Disturbing Reality About Being A Low-Wage Retail Worker

The Disturbing Reality About Being A Low-Wage Retail Worker

It's been more than five weeks since Hurricane Sandy roared across the Eastern Seaboard, devastating the lives of thousands residents in New York, New Jersey and several other states. Many are still dealing with the fallout caused by damaged homes, destroyed possessions and lost wages. They include New... 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 »

Jobless Claims Fall But Sandy Dampens Recovery

Jobless Claims Fall But Sandy Dampens Recovery

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week but remained elevated due to Hurricane Sandy, a sign that the storm is proving to be a substantial disruption to the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 41,000 to a seasonally adjusted... 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 »

Can I Lose My Job Because Of Hurricane Sandy?

Can I Lose My Job Because Of Hurricane Sandy?

If your workplace is closed or destroyed due to a natural disaster, get in touch with your supervisor to find out what is happening and any plans to reopen. 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 »

Employers Offer Sandy-Affected Workers Hot Showers, Housing, Cash

Employers Offer Sandy-Affected Workers Hot Showers, Housing, Cash

Damaged roads and disrupted public transit prevented many New York City-area commuters from getting to work in the week following Hurricane Sandy. And because of mass power outages, tens of thousands of offices were shut down. But that didn't mean employees were all stiffed their paychecks. In fact, many... Read More »

Valuable Career Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

Valuable Career Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

By Tony Schwartz, The Energy Project This article originally appeared on HBR.org, with exclusive updates provided to AOL Jobs. When I began writing this post, I was sitting in a hotel room with my wife and dog. We've had no electricity at our home, and therefore no lights, heat or hot water since Monday,... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy Victims Can Get Unemployment Help

Hurricane Sandy Victims Can Get Unemployment Help

By Tami Luhby NEW YORK -- Residents of three states pummeled by Hurricane Sandy could be eligible for disaster assistance payments if they lost their job due to the storm. To qualify for the funds, people must be unemployed as a direct result of the storm and be ineligible for traditional unemployment... Read More »

Sanitation Chief John McGovern Helps Clean Up His Sandy-Battered Rockaways

Sanitation Chief John McGovern Helps Clean Up His Sandy-Battered Rockaways

"This isn't something you are supposed to see in America," John McGovern, a chief of operations for the New York City Department of Sanitation, told The Daily News. "This is like a war zone." McGovern is a 35-year resident of the Rockaways, the 11-mile Long Island peninsula where the swelling waters and... Read More »

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Even with both Republican and Democratic parties bragging about their ground game, Americans will likely hit Nov. 7 knowing at least one number: just 50 to 60 percent of the voting age population will have cast ballots. There are many reasons for this. For people in non-swing states, their presidential choice... Read More »

Non-Union Utility Crew's Claim Of Being Rebuffed In NJ Comes Under Fire

Non-Union Utility Crew's Claim Of Being Rebuffed In NJ Comes Under Fire

Out-of-state workers have been pouring into New Jersey to help with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, but one Alabama-based utility crew claims that it returned home because of a requirement that all workers be union-affiliated. Labor officials, a New Jersey utility company and Gov. Chris Christie... Read More »

Sandy's Unsung Heroes: 'Unwatering Team' Drains New York's Tunnels

Sandy's Unsung Heroes: 'Unwatering Team' Drains New York's Tunnels

Their job title sounds like a linguistic, and even practical, impossibility: They are the "unwatering" team. Their assignment: Drain the water from New York City after Hurricane Sandy drowned the East Coast. Read More »

NYC-Area Workers Face Daunting Commute, After Hurricane Sandy

NYC-Area Workers Face Daunting Commute, After Hurricane Sandy

Tens of thousands of Americans still aren't going to work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the largest tropical storm ever known to make landfall in the Northeast. Many have no work to go to -- with all the businesses in lower Manhattan still without electricity. But for those determined to get to the office... 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 »

Workers Keep NYC Businesses Open -- Even Without Power

Workers Keep NYC Businesses Open -- Even Without Power

Hurricane Sandy plunged hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into darkness, and Consolidated Edison doesn't expect lights to flicker back on for another few days. In Manhattan's East Village and the Lower East Side, two of its most bustling, bar-specked residential neighborhoods, most businesses were... Read More »

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