Unemployment Applications

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Up By Only 2,000

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Up By Only 2,000

    By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. Unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. The less... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Filings For Unemployment Aid At A 5-Week High

    U.S. Filings For Unemployment Aid At A 5-Week High

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high, evidence that the job market remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000. The... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline Slightly

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline Slightly

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but remained higher than it's been in recent weeks. The rise in applications in the past two weeks could signal that the job market is slowing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Weekly Unemployment Aid Applications Decline

    U.S. Weekly Unemployment Aid Applications Decline

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the job market is strengthening. Continue Reading

  • U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Hit 4-Year Low

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Hit 4-Year Low

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening. Continue Reading

  • How States Fared On Unemployment Aid Applications

    How States Fared On Unemployment Aid Applications

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A steady decline in the number of Americans applying for weekly unemployment benefits is the latest signal that the U.S. economy has strengthened and businesses may be poised to step up hiring. Applications fell last week fell to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said... Continue Reading

  • Applications For Unemployment Aid Barely Changed

    Applications For Unemployment Aid Barely Changed

    By Christopher S. Rubgaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits was mostly unchanged last week. A slight dip in applications suggests the job market isn't getting much better. Continue Reading

  • More People Sought Unemployment Benefits

    More People Sought Unemployment Benefits

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose back above 400,000 last week. Still, the four-week average, a more reliable gauge of the job market, fell to the lowest level since mid-April. The report suggests that the economy is creating jobs but... 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

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Applications Hit Eight-Month High

    Unemployment Applications Hit Eight-Month High

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The number of people applying for unemployment benefits surged last week to the highest level in eight months, a troubling sign a day ahead of the government's report on April employment. The Labor Department said Thursday that the 43,000 spike in applications to a seasonally... Continue Reading