More Unemployment Articles

  • Jobless benefits bill set to pass Senate on Monday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared a final Senate hurdle before a vote on passage set for Monday. The vote was 61-35 Thursday to advance the bill, one more than the 60 needed. Most Republicans voted against advancing the bill,...

  • Applications for US jobless aid up 16,000 to 326,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average...

  • Senate jobless benefits bill advances slowly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation. The vote was 61-38, one more than the...

  • Janet Yellen: The job market is 'tougher now than in any recession' in some ways

    The problem with the U.S. economy isn't that workers lack the skills needed for today's jobs, it's that there aren't enough jobs to be had, Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said Monday.

  • The week ahead in economics: The jobs report and long-term unemployment

    As the economy slowly and haltingly recovers from the recession, a major question about the job market looms, namely, whether those who gave up looking for work in the past few years are ever coming back. A related question, with more immediate implications for the Federal Reserve in...

  • Congress this week tackles Medicare payments, jobless pay and employer mandate

    The Senate this week will take up medicare payment legislation and a jobless benefits bill while the House votes to redefine the full time work week under Obamacare and clear a Ukraine loan and sanctions bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a test vote Monday on what lawmakers...

  • Colorado unemployment rate holds at 6.1 percent

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's unemployment remained at 6.1 percent in February as more people got jobs and even more joined the labor force. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that in a survey of households, the number of people reporting themselves as employed rose by...

  • Senate moves forward on jobless pay bill in rare bipartisan vote

    Congress took a small step toward renewing federal unemployment insurance benefits on Thursday with a Senate vote to begin debate on a jobless pay measure. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in a 65-34 vote on the bill, which would restore benefits for five months and provide retroactive pay for...

  • Conn. job gains in Feb. cut unemployment rate

    WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Following an employment decline in January caused by extreme winter weather, Connecticut regained 800 jobs in February as the unemployment rate continued to fall, state officials said Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in February from 7.2 percent in...

  • Applications for US jobless aid dip to 4-month low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 9,500 to 317,750, the...

  • Applications for US jobless aid dip to 4-month low

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.

  • Union alleges Spirit used health info in layoffs

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company Wednesday of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies. The Society of...

  • Senate Democrats may strip IMF reform from Ukraine measure

    Senate Democrats, now meeting behind closed doors, may remove a Ukraine aide bill a controversial provision to ratify reforms to the International Monetary Fund. A senior Democratic aide told the Washington Examiner the removal "is being discussed," but no decision has been made. The talk...

  • House and Senate to clash this week on Ukraine and jobless pay measures

    The House and Senate this week are set to clash on legislation to extend federal jobless benefits as well as a measure to provide a loan package to troubled Ukraine. The Senate on Monday is poised to move forward on a bill that would supply Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at...

  • With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

    CHICAGO — For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job. At 62,...



From the Weekly Standard