Jobs Report

  • Manufacturing Job Numbers At 10-Month High

    Manufacturing Job Numbers At 10-Month High

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in 10 months, suggesting that the economy is healthier than recent data had indicated. New orders, production and a measure of hiring all rose. The April survey from the Institute for Supply Management was a hopeful... 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

  • U.S. Unemployment Claims Hit 4-Year Low Of 357,000

    U.S. Unemployment Claims Hit 4-Year Low Of 357,000

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, as layoffs slow and the job market strengthens. Weekly applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the fewest since... Continue Reading

  • Obama To Promote Insourcing Of Jobs

    Obama To Promote Insourcing Of Jobs

    By Ken Thomas WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is highlighting companies that have returned jobs to the U.S. and he says that's one more way of putting people back to work. The White House plans a forum Wednesday, called "Insourcing American Jobs," that will bring together business leaders who shifted... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Added 80,000 Jobs In October; Jobless Rate Dips

    U.S. Added 80,000 Jobs In October; Jobless Rate Dips

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and job growth in the two previous months was much stronger than first thought, an encouraging sign as the nation searches for a way out of the jobs crisis. The unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.1... Continue Reading

  • Ahead Of The Bell: Unemployment Benefits

    Ahead Of The Bell: Unemployment Benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits likely fell for third straight week, a hopeful sign for the struggling job market. Economists forecast that weekly applications dipped last week to a seasonally adjusted 400,000 from 402,000 in the previous week, according to a survey by... Continue Reading

  • Fewer Seek Unemployment Aid, Hopeful Sign For Jobs

    Fewer Seek Unemployment Aid, Hopeful Sign For Jobs

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a hopeful sign that the job market might be picking up. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000, the lowest level in five weeks. It's... Continue Reading

  • Economy Adds 103K Jobs, Rate Stays 9.1 Percent

    Economy Adds 103K Jobs, Rate Stays 9.1 Percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The economy added 103,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that followed a sluggish summer. The figure at least temporarily calms fears of a new recession that have hung over Wall Street and the nation for weeks. Continue Reading

  • Women More Likely Than Men To Live Paycheck To Paycheck

    Women More Likely Than Men To Live Paycheck To Paycheck

    At least along some measures, the economy is back to its pre-recesssion state. According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, 42 percent of workers report that they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, falling 1 percent from last year in a return to 2007 levels. The picture is less pretty for women,... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Fall To 4-Month Low

    Jobless Claims Fall To 4-Month Low

    By DANIEL WAGNER WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market is improving slowly after a recent slump. Applications for unemployment aid dropped by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 395,000,... Continue Reading

  • A Visual Spin on July's Jobs Report

    A Visual Spin on July's Jobs Report

    Sometimes all you need is a different way of looking at things for the light bulb to go off, an "aha" moment gained by viewing a puzzle from a new angle. Last week's July jobs report showed 117,000 workers were added to U.S. payrolls, eliciting applause from economists and politicians alike, along with a... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Workers Were Less Productive In The Spring

    U.S. Workers Were Less Productive In The Spring

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. workers were less productive in the spring for the second quarter in a row, a trend that doesn't bode well for future hiring. The Labor Department says productivity dropped 0.3 percent in the April-June quarter, following a decline of 0.6 percent in the first... Continue Reading

  • 117,000 Jobs Added In July Ease Fears Of Recession

    117,000 Jobs Added In July Ease Fears Of Recession

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hiring picked up slightly in July, and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent. The modest improvement could ease fears of another recession, but it wasn't enough to prevent another wild day of trading on Wall Street. Employers added 117,000 jobs last month,... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rate Dips, Economy Adds 117,000 Jobs

    Unemployment Rate Dips, Economy Adds 117,000 Jobs

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years. Employers added 117,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday. That's better than the past two... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Aid Applications Tick Down To 400K

    Unemployment Aid Applications Tick Down To 400K

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week, a sign the job market may be improving slowly. The Labor Department says that applications for unemployment benefits edged down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 400,000. That's the lowest level... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Service Industry Grows At Slowest Pace In 17 Months

    U.S. Service Industry Grows At Slowest Pace In 17 Months

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON -- Restaurants, hotels, retailers and financial companies saw more business in July, but the broader U.S. service industry experienced its weakest growth in 17 months. The report Wednesday from the Institute for Supply Management confirms other data that show the... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Private Employers Add More Jobs Than Expected In July: ADP

    U.S. Private Employers Add More Jobs Than Expected In July: ADP

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private employers added 114,000 jobs in July, topping economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 100,000 jobs. June's private payrolls were revised... Continue Reading

  • How States Fared on Unemployment Benefits

    How States Fared on Unemployment Benefits

    The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. Below are the states with the biggest changes in weekly applications for benefits. The state data is for the week ending July 16, which is one... Continue Reading

  • Applications for Unemployment Aid Drop Below 400K -- A Good Sign for the Job Market?

    Applications for Unemployment Aid Drop Below 400K -- A Good Sign for the Job Market?

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. The Labor Department says weekly applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 398,000. That's... Continue Reading

  • Golden State Has Green Jobs Galore

    Golden State Has Green Jobs Galore

    Northern California's Bay Area is turning green with envy, now that Los Angeles has surpassed it as the nation's leading eco-friendly employer. A recent report shows that there are more green jobs in the Los Angeles area than in any other region in the nation, and the number of green jobs is expected to double... Continue Reading

  • 4.4 Million Americans Unemployed for a Year or More

    4.4 Million Americans Unemployed for a Year or More

    As the nation's economic recovery continues to struggle, more and more unemployed workers are joining the ranks of those who have been without work for a year or more. The long-term unemployed make up about 30 percent of the nation's jobless -- about 4.4 million people, according to June data released by the... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rates Rose in Majority of U.S. States

    Unemployment Rates Rose in Majority of U.S. States

    By Derek Kravitz WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight... Continue Reading

  • More People Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

    More People Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are rising and the job market is weak. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a... Continue Reading

  • Housing Pile-Up Not Found to Be 'Important Driver' of Unemployment: Chicago Federal Reserve

    Housing Pile-Up Not Found to Be 'Important Driver' of Unemployment: Chicago Federal Reserve

    Home-owner reluctance to sell their dwellings to relocate for a new job has played little part in boosting the U.S. unemployment rate, research from the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank showed on Wednesday. Continue Reading

  • U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, but Still Above 400,000

    U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, but Still Above 400,000

    (Reuters) - New claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, the Labor Department said on Thursday, though the previous week's figures were revised higher. Weekly claims dipped to 405,000 from 427,000 in the week ending July 9, having remained above 400,000 for 14 straight weeks. Economists polled... Continue Reading

  • June Numbers Tell Job Seekers to Get New Skills

    June Numbers Tell Job Seekers to Get New Skills

    By Jeremy Greenfield, Special to AOL Jobs Just when hope beckoned from the job market, anemic growth in June suggested job seekers may have a more difficult time finding work as the U.S. economy added only 18,000 jobs and unemployment rose to 9.2%. Economists had predicted that as many as 100,000 more... Continue Reading

  • Job Outlook Rises as Reports Suggest More Hiring

    Job Outlook Rises as Reports Suggest More Hiring

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- June may turn out to have been a good month to find a job after all. A private report said businesses hired twice as many workers as economists had expected. Applications for unemployment benefits have reached a seven-week low. And more small businesses say they... Continue Reading

  • New Jobless Claims Fall Last Week

    New Jobless Claims Fall Last Week

    New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, government data showed Thursday, but distortions associated with the holiday weekend and a government shutdown in one state made it difficult to get a clear view of the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Benefit Applications Stuck Above 400K

    Unemployment Benefit Applications Stuck Above 400K

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was mostly unchanged last week, evidence that the struggling economy isn't generating many jobs. Unemployment benefit applications ticked down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000, the Labor Department said... Continue Reading

  • White House Adviser Minimizes Bad Jobs Report

    White House Adviser Minimizes Bad Jobs Report

    WASHINGTON -- A top White House economic adviser says the upward tilt over the past six months in new jobs is a better indicator of the U.S. employment picture than a gloomy report Friday that warned of slow growth ahead. Austan Goolsbee, who heads the president's Council of Economic Advisers, says the... Continue Reading