Unemployment Rates

  • The 10 Countries With The Highest Unemployment Rates

    The 10 Countries With The Highest Unemployment Rates

    America's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 7.8 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics, released in December 2012. But that figure represents a vast improvement from the worst of the recession, when the tally stood at 10 percent in October 2009. Continue Reading

  • A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

    A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly fell last week, government data showed on Thursday, suggesting a modest improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000,... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rates Fell In Majority Of US Cities

    Unemployment Rates Fell In Majority Of US Cities

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of U.S. cities last month, despite zero job growth nationwide. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 237 of the nation's largest metro areas in August from July. They rose in 103 and... Continue Reading

  • Can't Find A New Job? Create Your Own

    Can't Find A New Job? Create Your Own

    There are many people turning to entrepreneurship these days. The unfortunate truth is: With such high unemployment rates, many job seekers have given up looking for a job and have turned to creating their own. Entrepreneurship is not just for the likes of the youthful founders behind Facebook and Google. Not... Continue Reading

  • Black Lawmakers Target High Urban Unemployment

    Black Lawmakers Target High Urban Unemployment

    By CHRISTINE ARMARIO MIAMI (AP) -- Taking the microphone at a church in a predominantly black neighborhood of Miami, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked how many in the crowd knew someone looking for a job. Most of the several hundred people in the televised town hall gathering stood up. How many knew someone... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment In July Rose In 28 States, Fell In 9

    Unemployment In July Rose In 28 States, Fell In 9

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in July in more than half the states for the second straight month, evidence that job growth remains weak nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment increased in 28 states, fell in nine and remained unchanged in 13.... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rates for Cities in the South

    Unemployment Rates for Cities in the South

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly all U.S. cities in June, reflecting a recent uptick in layoffs and a nation-wide slowdown in hiring. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates rose in 345 large metro areas, dropped in 20 cities and were unchanged in seven. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rates for Cities in the Midwest

    Unemployment Rates for Cities in the Midwest

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly all U.S. cities in June, reflecting a recent uptick in layoffs and a nation-wide slowdown in hiring. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates rose in 345 large metro areas, dropped in 20 cities and were unchanged in seven. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rates for Cities in the West

    Unemployment Rates for Cities in the West

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly all U.S. cities in June, reflecting a recent uptick in layoffs and a nation-wide slowdown in hiring. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates rose in 345 large metro areas, dropped in 20 cities and were unchanged in seven. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Rates Rose in Majority of U.S. States

    Unemployment Rates Rose in Majority of U.S. States

    By Derek Kravitz WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight... Continue Reading

  • Jobs and the Economy: More Good News Than Bad

    Jobs and the Economy: More Good News Than Bad

    Just when the economy seems to be picking up a bit, something happens to dash your hope. For example, U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in April and hit a three-month high in May, but rising gas prices, unemployment rates and a slowdown in the retail economy, threaten to kill that confidence. Continue Reading

  • 3.2 Million Job Openings: 5 Things You Should Know About Them

    3.2 Million Job Openings: 5 Things You Should Know About Them

    What's not to like about the 3.21 million job openings that the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported? Well, it's down from 3.30 million openings the month before, but analysts aren't too concerned. The hiring rate rose to the highest level in nearly two years, from 4.29 million to 4.5 million hires, raising... Continue Reading

  • Cheer Up Michigan! You're Better Off than California

    Cheer Up Michigan! You're Better Off than California

    All you comment leavers from Michigan who are concerned that your state is going to hell in a hand basket and your jobs are going right along with it can take heart: Recent statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Services show that California's employment problems are even worse than yours. Among the 17... Continue Reading

  • The States of Unemployment

    The States of Unemployment

    It's not quite time to put on your party hat and start singing "We're in the Money," but the recently released monthly employment statistics do shine a little ray of hope. It seems that 36 states and the District of Columbia posted unemployment rate decreases between October and November, and only eight states... Continue Reading

  • Worst Cities for Unemployment

    Worst Cities for Unemployment

    By Ed Orum for AOL Find a Job If you think it's tough to find a job where you live, consider yourself lucky you're not looking in El Centro, California - the unemployment rate hit 30 percent there in September. To be fair, even when times were good in the rest of the U.S., El Centro still struggled with a 20... Continue Reading