Unemployment Numbers

  • U.S. Jobless Claims Point To Improving Labor Market

    U.S. Jobless Claims Point To Improving Labor Market

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but a trend reading dropped to its lowest in five years and pointed to ongoing healing in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor... Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Jobless Claims Jump, Hurricane Sandy Blamed

    Jobless Claims Jump, Hurricane Sandy Blamed

    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits surged last week to a 1 1/2-year high, a sign superstorm Sandy had dented the U.S. economy by leaving tens of thousands of people out of work. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Continue Reading

  • BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

    BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

    It's 32 days before election day, and an embattled president receives news that could only bring him joy. For the first time since Barack Obama's first month in office, the national unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent, to a September tally of 7.8 percent. "Well, isn't that convenient?" in effect... Continue Reading

  • Jobs Forecast: June Gloom Sets In, Employment Drought Continues

    Jobs Forecast: June Gloom Sets In, Employment Drought Continues

    With rising inflation, stagnant wages, a dwindling housing sector and a shaky stock market, how could the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics be anything but disappointing? The unemployment rate rose from 9.0 to 9.1, and only 54,000 non-farm jobs were added -- that's the lowest number in... Continue Reading