More Unemployment Articles

  • Initial unemployment claims drop

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,293 from the previous week's total of 2,312. For the...

  • Almost no Americans are getting fired

    The Department of Labor reported Thursday that claims for unemployment benefits fell to 289,000. That drop brought the four-week average down to 294,000.

  • US jobless aid applications fell to 289,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth. Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday....

  • Hiring up, but Yellen 'dashboard' signals caution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With employers ramping up hiring and the unemployment rate sinking in the past year, pressure is rising on Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve: Is the time near to raise interest rates to prevent a strengthening economy from igniting inflation? The easy answer might be yes....

  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week's total of 2,543. For the...

  • Job gains aren't translating to faster wage growth

    The U.S. economy may be steadily adding jobs, but so far in 2014, there are few signs that the labor market improvement is translating into income gains for workers.

  • Slow, steady progress: U.S. economy adds 209,000 jobs in July, unemployment ticks up to 6.2 percent

    The U.S. labor market may finally be gathering momentum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the economy added 209,000 payroll jobs in July.

  • Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message. Economists predict that the government will say employers added 225,000 jobs in July, according to a survey by data provider FactSet....

  • Conn. unemployment insurance tax stokes complaints

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession. The so-called special assessment being...

  • US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. Weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week's claims were revised down to...

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. Getting relief from a slowdown in...

  • Here's what the Fed could have bought with QE3

    For perspective, if the Fed were allowed to buy stocks, at current prices it could have bought Apple, Google and Microsoft for that sum -- with General Motors and Ford thrown into the mix, with $44 billion left over.

  • Northern Illinois county considers hiring freeze

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois county may put a freeze on all hiring to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1pm0Qke ) Winnebago County officials are considering the cost-saving measure as they draft a spending plan for the fiscal...

  • The evidence that the long-term unemployed are finding jobs, not just giving up the job hunt

    There's new evidence that the huge number of Americans counted as long-term unemployed has been dropping in recent months because those people have been finding jobs, not because they've given up looking.

  • Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level...



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