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Jobless Claims Fall, Labor Market Continues To Heal

Jobless Claims Fall, Labor Market Continues To Heal

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week, nearing its lowest level in five years in a sign of resilience for the U.S. labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, the Labor Department said... Read More »

Jobless Claims Fall, Indicating Moderate Job Growth

Jobless Claims Fall, Indicating Moderate Job Growth

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to moderate job growth despite slowing economic activity. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for... Read More »

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Sharply, Raising Hope Of Stable Economy

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Sharply, Raising Hope Of Stable Economy

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped, the Labor Department said on Thursday, with the jobless claims showing the largest weekly decline since mid-November. Read More »

Unemployment Falls To 7.7% As Employers Are Hiring Again

Unemployment Falls To 7.7% As Employers Are Hiring Again

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. Read More »

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... Read More »

Weekly Jobless Claims Increase Slightly As Employment Market Improves

Weekly Jobless Claims Increase Slightly As Employment Market Improves

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits bounced off five-year lows last week, pulling them back to levels consistent with modest job growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the Labor... Read More »

ADP Report Claims 192,000 Jobs Added In January

ADP Report Claims 192,000 Jobs Added In January

By Martin Crutsinger A private survey shows U.S. businesses increased hiring in January compared with a revised December reading. Read More »

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... Read More »

Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 7.8%

Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 7.8%

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- The pace of hiring by U.S. employers eased slightly in December, pointing to a lackluster pace of economic growth that was unable to make further inroads in the country's still high unemployment rate. Payrolls outside the farming sector grew 155,000 last month, the Labor... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

November Jobs Report: Hiring Up, Unemployment Rate Falls -- Despite Sandy

November Jobs Report: Hiring Up, Unemployment Rate Falls -- Despite Sandy

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture... Read More »

Planned Layoffs Surge To 3-Month High, And Bloodbath May Not Be Over

Planned Layoffs Surge To 3-Month High, And Bloodbath May Not Be Over

Planned layoffs at U.S. firms rose for the third month in a row in November, partly driven by the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, a report showed on Thursday. Employers announced 57,081 job cuts last month, the highest level since May and up nearly 20 percent from 47,724 in October, according to the report from... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

It's 32 days before election day, and an embattled president receives news that could only bring him joy. For the first time since Barack Obama's first month in office, the national unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent, to a September tally of 7.8 percent. "Well, isn't that convenient?" in effect... Read More »

Tepid Jobs Report Better Than Expected: Employers Added 162,000 Jobs In September

Tepid Jobs Report Better Than Expected: Employers Added 162,000 Jobs In September

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added 162,000 jobs in September, 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 143,000 jobs. Read More »

U.S. Jobs Growth Slows In August

U.S. Jobs Growth Slows In August

Looking for a job? Click here to get started. By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. jobs growth slowed more than expected in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in... Read More »

A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly fell last week, government data showed on Thursday, suggesting a modest improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000,... Read More »

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