More BLS Articles

  • Unemployment claims lowest since 2007, but employment boom not guaranteed

    Weekly unemployment insurance claims fell in the week ending April 5, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, to 300,000 -- the lowest number since early 2007, well before the beginning of the recession. The four-week moving average for claims also fell to 136,250, the lowest post-crisis...

  • More grinding improvement in U.S. job creation in February

    Labor market churn picked up slightly in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday morning, but the pace of hiring and firing remains far below the levels that prevailed before the financial crisis that began six years ago. The number of job openings crossed the 4 million mark,...

  • Good news regarding long-term unemployment in March

    There was no evidence in the March employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of a major bounceback for a jobs market slowed by harsh weather earlier this year, but there were some good signs in the Friday report for the group struggling the most, the long-term unemployed. The...

  • EXography: Federal workers make up to twice as much as others doing same job

    Across the country, employees of companies with federal contracts make up to twice what others doing the same work in the region make, dramatically increasing the costs to taxpayers, a Washington Examiner analysis found.

  • The five numbers Janet Yellen watches for signs the jobs market is improving

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced that it was discontinuing its 6.5 percent unemployment rate threshold for considering raising short-term interest rates above zero percent. Instead of the unemployment rate, the Janet Yellen-led Fed said that it would “assess progress” toward...

  • Veterans' unemployment edges down but still high

    New Labor Department figures show the unemployment rate for working-age veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces since September 2001 edged down slightly in 2013, to 9.0 percent. But Thursday's report also found that the rate remained well above the overall civilian...

  • Hiring and job creation stall in January

    Hiring and job creation slowed in January, suggesting that labor markets remain too anemic to cut into the shortfall of roughly 6 million jobs that would be needed for the U.S. economy to be healthy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that the number of job openings increased...



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