Superstorm Sandy

  • Jobless Claims Drop Sharply, As Employers Curb Layoffs

    Jobless Claims Drop Sharply, As Employers Curb Layoffs

    By Christopher Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally... Continue Reading

  • The Disturbing Reality About Being A Low-Wage Retail Worker

    The Disturbing Reality About Being A Low-Wage Retail Worker

    It's been more than five weeks since Hurricane Sandy roared across the Eastern Seaboard, devastating the lives of thousands residents in New York, New Jersey and several other states. Many are still dealing with the fallout caused by damaged homes, destroyed possessions and lost wages. They include New... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Sandy's Unsung Heroes: 'Unwatering Team' Drains New York's Tunnels

    Sandy's Unsung Heroes: 'Unwatering Team' Drains New York's Tunnels

    Their job title sounds like a linguistic, and even practical, impossibility: They are the "unwatering" team. Their assignment: Drain the water from New York City after Hurricane Sandy drowned the East Coast. Continue Reading

  • U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Dropped Again

    U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Dropped Again

    WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market's slow recovery was gaining traction. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.... Continue Reading