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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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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,... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... 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

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading