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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall For 3rd Straight Week

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall For 3rd Straight Week

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Read More »

U.S. Private Sector Adds 198,000 Jobs In February, More Than Expected

U.S. Private Sector Adds 198,000 Jobs In February, More Than Expected

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- A private survey shows U.S. businesses added a solid number of jobs in February, indicating higher taxes and looming government spending cuts have yet to slow hiring. Read More »

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Labor Market

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Labor Market

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing jobless claims fell more than expected last week, suggesting some traction in the labor market recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims... 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 »

U.S. Jobless Claims At 5-Year Low, Job Market Healing

U.S. Jobless Claims At 5-Year Low, Job Market Healing

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to its lowest since the early days of the 2007-09 recession, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Read More »

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 5-Year Low

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 5-Year Low

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor... 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 »

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, But Job Growth Remains Steady

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, But Job Growth Remains Steady

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid rose last week, putting them back at the lower end of their pre-storm range and suggesting job growth remains moderate. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labor... Read More »

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop 25,000, As Hurricane Sandy's Effect Wanes

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop 25,000, As Hurricane Sandy's Effect Wanes

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a third straight week last week, but still remain too volatile to offer a clear signal on labor market conditions. Initial jobless claims dropped 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor Department said on... Read More »

Unemployment Claims Drop, As Sandy's Effects Wear Off

Unemployment Claims Drop, As Sandy's Effects Wear Off

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the storm-related surge, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally... Read More »

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... 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 »

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.... 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 »

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week -- But Less Than Expected

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week -- But Less Than Expected

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the... Read More »

Hopeful Sign? U.S. Unemployment Claims Fall To 2 Month Low

Hopeful Sign? U.S. Unemployment Claims Fall To 2 Month Low

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in two months, a hopeful sign for a labor market that has struggled to gain traction in recent months. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000,... Read More »

Unemployment Claims Remain Unchanged

Unemployment Claims Remain Unchanged

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits was unchanged last week, pointing to a labor market that was treading water. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was... Read More »

U.S. Unemployment Claims Barely Budge, New Data Shows

U.S. Unemployment Claims Barely Budge, New Data Shows

New claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, government data on Thursday showed, suggesting that the labor market continues to expand at a moderate pace. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor Department said. The prior... Read More »

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... Read More »

Unemployment Aid Applications Near A 4-Year Low

Unemployment Aid Applications Near A 4-Year Low

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, an encouraging sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 15,000 to a... Read More »

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