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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected in Latest Week

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected in Latest Week

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell more than expected, pointing to an economy that was continuing to gain steam. Read More »

Jobless Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Jobless Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly clear an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt. Read More »

U.S. Senate Delays Vote on Jobless Bill

U.S. Senate Delays Vote on Jobless Bill

The U.S. Senate abruptly postponed until Tuesday a vote on a White House-backed bill to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans. Read More »

Another State Proposes To Make It Harder For Unemployed To Keep Benefits

Another State Proposes To Make It Harder For Unemployed To Keep Benefits

Unemployed people in Wisconsin would have to double the number of searches they make for a job from two to four a week, one of the toughest requirements in the country, under a proposal approved by the Legislature's budget committee on Monday. The provision proposed by Gov. Scott Walker says anyone not... Read More »

Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly, As Labor Market Improves

Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly, As Labor Market Improves

The jobless claims suggest that employers are hiring again. 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 »

Extending Unemployment Benefits Would Create 300,000 Jobs, Report Says

Extending Unemployment Benefits Would Create 300,000 Jobs, Report Says

WASHINGTON -- Extending the current level of long-term unemployment benefits for another year would add 300,000 jobs to the economy, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis released Wednesday from the nonpartisan office estimates that keeping jobless benefits would cost the... 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 »

Weekly Unemployment Claims Rise Less Than Expected

Weekly Unemployment Claims Rise Less Than Expected

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose less than expected last week, but the data continues to be influenced by distortions from seasonal auto shutdowns. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000, the Labor Department said on... Read More »

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... Read More »

States Get Tough On The Unemployed, Push For Drug Testing

States Get Tough On The Unemployed, Push For Drug Testing

If you're out of work, you might soon have to give a urine sample to the government to collect unemployment benefits. Back in February, in order to pass the payroll tax cut extension, Democrats in Congress made a compromise: States could drug test the recipients of those benefits, in certain... Read More »

Initial Claims For Unemployment Benefits Edge Up In Latest Week

Initial Claims For Unemployment Benefits Edge Up In Latest Week

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department says weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the highest level... Read More »

Chicago Secretary Fired For Working During Lunch Wins Court Battle

Chicago Secretary Fired For Working During Lunch Wins Court Battle

A Chicago woman fired for working through her lunch break has won her legal battle to collect the unemployment benefits denied her by her former employer. The aggrieved employee, Sharon Smiley (pictured at left), succeeded in her effort despite a lack of legal help. None of the attorneys from whom Smiley... Read More »

For Some Long-Term Unemployed, Jobless Benefits May Soon End

For Some Long-Term Unemployed, Jobless Benefits May Soon End

As millions of Americans can attest, job loss can be devastating -- especially if it lingers on and on. Three years ago, amid recession, Congress sought to lessen the pain by extending the period that the long-term unemployed could claim benefits to well beyond a year. Come January, however, that provision... Read More »

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