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U.S. Jobless Claims At 5-Year Low, Job Market Healing

U.S. Jobless Claims At 5-Year Low, Job Market Healing

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to its lowest since the early days of the 2007-09 recession, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Read More »

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 5-Year Low

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 5-Year Low

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor... Read More »

Weekly Jobless Claims Inch Up As The New Year Starts

Weekly Jobless Claims Inch Up As The New Year Starts

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but seasonal volatility makes it difficult to get a clear picture of the labor market's health. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000, the Labor... Read More »

Private Hiring Surged In December, Despite Fiscal Cliff Fears

Private Hiring Surged In December, Despite Fiscal Cliff Fears

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON -- A private survey shows U.S. businesses sharply increased hiring in December, helped by a surge of new construction jobs created to help rebuild from Superstorm Sandy. Payroll processor ADP says employers added 215,000 jobs in December. That's more than November's total... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Discouraged Workers: Ashamed, Invisible And An Enduring Statistic

Discouraged Workers: Ashamed, Invisible And An Enduring Statistic

Like many older, unemployed workers, Geoff Dutton would like to find a job. The former software-manual writer has been out of work for 18 months, and during that time businesses have increasingly shifted to Internet-based systems for storing data rather than having their own in-house servers. "The companies... Read More »

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, Nearly 4-Year Low

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, Nearly 4-Year Low

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. The Labor Department said on Friday that the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3... Read More »

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