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Unemployment Claims At Lowest In 3 1/2 Years

Unemployment Claims At Lowest In 3 1/2 Years

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The job market is healthier than at any time since the end of the Great Recession. The number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest since May 2008, a sign that the waves of corporate layoffs that have defined the past few years... Read More »

Unemployment Applications Drop, but Remain High

Unemployment Applications Drop, but Remain High

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, though applications remain above levels consistent with a healthy economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that unemployment benefit applications fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the second... Read More »

Applying for Unemployment: The Magic Words to Use

Applying for Unemployment: The Magic Words to Use

Filing for unemployment benefits can be tricky. If you're lucky and haven't lost your job before, it can be a difficult process to wade through the red tape. Some states, such as California, at least try to make it easy with various ways to file. Read More »

Jobless Claims Rise to Nine Month High

Jobless Claims Rise to Nine Month High

Just when you think the unemployment situation is about to improve, numbers start heading in the opposite direction of progress. Last week, for example, initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped by 12,000 to 500,000, the highest since mid-November, according to the latest numbers from the Department... Read More »

Mass Layoffs: Six Things You Need to Know

Mass Layoffs: Six Things You Need to Know

The latest mass layoff numbers were just released by the U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, and believe it or not, they're actually somewhat positive. Now keep in mind that a mass layoff is defined by 50 or more workers being released from the same company. Still, the number of mass layoff events... Read More »

Unemployment Numbers: What You Should Know

Unemployment Numbers: What You Should Know

If there's an economic recovery going on, someone forgot to tell the US workforce. There were 471,000 new claims for unemployment benefits last week -- that's 25,000 more than the week before. That's also the highest number of new unemployment claims in three months, according to the US Labor Department. The... Read More »

Unemployment Claims Jump

Unemployment Claims Jump

Last week, the number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 460,000--that's 18,000 more than the week before. But balance that against new jobs being created and accepted, and you get an unchanged unemployment rate that still clocks in at 9.7. That's according to the latest... Read More »

Jobless Claims: Booming Biz in Bust Era

Jobless Claims: Booming Biz in Bust Era

Getting laid off, sorting out the paperwork and figuring out how you'll make ends meet on an unemployment check is hard enough. Now, enter a company called Talx, whose job it is to manage unemployment claims on behalf of the companies doing mass layoffs. Most former employees who have worked with them feel... Read More »

Unemployment Numbers Still Rising--How's Your State Doing?

Unemployment Numbers Still Rising--How's Your State Doing?

The only good news in the most recent unemployment numbers comes if you believe the saying, "What goes up must come down." Filings for unemployment benefits continue to rise. Last week there were 496,000 seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims -- that's an increase of 22,000 above the previous week's... Read More »

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