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  • Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Hiring Outlook

    Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Hiring Outlook

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid last week fell to its lowest level since mid-May, suggesting layoffs are easing and hiring could pick up. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Jobs Data Confirm Worst Fears: Employers Not Hiring Much

    U.S. Jobs Data Confirm Worst Fears: Employers Not Hiring Much

    If you're thinking the labor market feels lousy, just released data from the federal government will bolster your suspicions. The Labor Department said Friday that data from the nation's employers showed that they added only 69,000 jobs in May, far fewer than the 150,000 that analysts had expected, while a... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Claims Barely Budge, New Data Shows

    U.S. Unemployment Claims Barely Budge, New Data Shows

    New claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, government data on Thursday showed, suggesting that the labor market continues to expand at a moderate pace. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor Department said. The prior... Continue Reading

  • Good News on the State of the Jobless

    Good News on the State of the Jobless

    At last, a sign that US unemployment might finally have peaked and be on its way back down: There was a large dip last week in the number of people losing jobs and claiming unemployment benefits for the first time. In fact, 43,000 fewer people filed for new benefits last week than the week before, according to... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

    Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

    Newly released Labor Department numbers show that while economists had expected a drop in new jobless claims, the number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits has actually increased yet again-the fourth increase in the past five weeks. 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

  • Here's to 2010, the Year of the Job

    Here's to 2010, the Year of the Job

    It's a brand new year-even a new decade-and I for one am happy to be over and out with 2009. Not that I had anything personal against the year, but it seemed to have a few things against me. What happened? Well, in late 2008 the magazine I worked at folded. As luck would have it I quickly found a new job,... Continue Reading