Jobless Rate

  • U.S. Hiring Slows In July But Jobless Rate Falls To 4-Year Low

    U.S. Hiring Slows In July But Jobless Rate Falls To 4-Year Low

    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers slowed their pace of hiring in July but the jobless rate fell anyway, mixed signals that could make the U.S. Federal Reserve more cautious about drawing down its huge economic stimulus program. The number of jobs outside the farming sector increased by 162,000, the... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Jobless Claims Point To Improving Labor Market

    U.S. Jobless Claims Point To Improving Labor Market

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but a trend reading dropped to its lowest in five years and pointed to ongoing healing in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor... 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

  • 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

  • Pre-Election Jobs Report: Increased Hiring, 7.9% Unemployed

    Pre-Election Jobs Report: Increased Hiring, 7.9% Unemployed

    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has dragged on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. Employers added 171,000 workers to their payrolls last... Continue Reading

  • June Jobs Report: Amidst Gloom, Some Good News For Job Seekers

    June Jobs Report: Amidst Gloom, Some Good News For Job Seekers

    For desperate job seekers, June's employment report from the Labor Department contained little -- if any -- good news. The U.S. economy added far fewer jobs than analysts expected, just 80,000, compared to the 90,000 forecast, and the unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent, or 12.7 million people. Continue Reading

  • New Jobs Crisis: Unemployed Autistic Adults

    New Jobs Crisis: Unemployed Autistic Adults

    By Lindsey Tanner CHICAGO -- One in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation, a study finds. That's a poorer showing than those with other disabilities including those who are mentally disabled, the researchers... 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

  • Economy Adds 227,000 Jobs, Jobless Rate Unchanged

    Economy Adds 227,000 Jobs, Jobless Rate Unchanged

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in January to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the workforce. Continue Reading

  • Poll Shows October Jobless Rate 'Down Sharply' Compared To September

    Poll Shows October Jobless Rate 'Down Sharply' Compared To September

    More Americans are finding work, partly because of increased hiring for the holiday sales season, a new poll finds. The rate of joblessness as measured by Gallup fell to 8.3 percent in mid-October, down sharply from 8.7 percent at the end of September and 9.2 percent at August's end, the polling organization... Continue Reading

  • Japan Jobless Rate Rises, Factory Output Anemic

    Japan Jobless Rate Rises, Factory Output Anemic

    By SHINO YUASA TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate rose for the first time in six months in April and industrial production remained anemic after a record drop in the aftermath of March's earthquake and tsunami. The twin disasters already have sent Japan's economy back into recession and Moody's Investors... Continue Reading

  • Cities with the Highest and Lowest Unemployment in March

    Cities with the Highest and Lowest Unemployment in March

    While unemployment rates are higher this March than they were last March, the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that unemployment was up in 321 of the 372 metropolitan areas, but lower in 41 areas, and unchanged in 10 areas. Twenty-eight areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0... Continue Reading

  • Times are Tougher for Foreign-born Workers in US

    Times are Tougher for Foreign-born Workers in US

    We hear a lot of complaining about immigrant workers coming in and taking all the available jobs, but know that for the foreign born, the unemployment situation is even worse than it is for those born in the USA. While the jobless rate for US natives increased from 5.8 percent in 2008 to 9.2 percent in 2009,... Continue Reading

  • Are You Lucky Enough to be Living Where Employment is Rising?

    Are You Lucky Enough to be Living Where Employment is Rising?

    Believe it or not, in January, nonfarm payroll employment actually increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The five states with the biggest employment increase are: California(+32,500) Illinois (+26,000) New York (+25,500) Washington (+18,900) Minnesota (+15,600). Continue Reading

  • Some States are Actually Gaining Jobs!

    Some States are Actually Gaining Jobs!

    It's no surprise that 39 states lost jobs last month, but what might provide a glimmer of hope is the fact that employment actually increased in 11 states and the District of Columbia, led by Virginia, which added 9,500 jobs. It's not a lot, but at least it's something. Oklahoma had the next highest job... Continue Reading

  • Unemployed? Blame it on the Cold

    Unemployed? Blame it on the Cold

    Hey job-seekers, we now have another thing to blame for the lack of gigs out there. That's right, jobless claims are back up-the government reports that the number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance surged to a 2-month high last week. There were 482,000 initial job claims filed in... Continue Reading