Jobless Claims

  • Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop More Than Expected

    Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop More Than Expected

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a continued steady improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department said on... Continue Reading

  • Why Unemployment Stretches Are Getting Shorter

    Why Unemployment Stretches Are Getting Shorter

    By Tami Luhby NEW YORK -- The average time Americans spent unemployed dropped a record 2.8 weeks in January ... but hold the applause. The reason is likely because many people ran out of unemployment benefits so they stopped looking for work, experts said. Continue Reading

  • January Jobs Report: U.S. Gains 157,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Up

    January Jobs Report: U.S. Gains 157,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Up

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. job growth grew modestly in January and gains in the prior two months were bigger than initially reported, supporting views that the economy's sluggish recovery was on track despite a surprise contraction in output in the final three months of 2012. Employers added... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... 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 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

  • 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

  • Jobless Claims Lowest Since March, But Change Could Just Be Seasonal

    Jobless Claims Lowest Since March, But Change Could Just Be Seasonal

    Jobless Claims Down Sharply, But The Devil Is In The Details

    By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 353,000. That's down from a revised 388,000 the... Continue Reading

  • Republican Bill Has Major Typo On Jobless Rate

    Republican Bill Has Major Typo On Jobless Rate

    WASHINGTON -- A House Republican bill is designed to freeze major government regulations until the unemployment rate reaches 6 percent or below. An error in drafting the bill, however, turns that goal upside down. Continue Reading