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Americans Quit Their Jobs at a Record Pace in August
Employment
Americans Quit Their Jobs at a Record Pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — One reason America's employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday: Americans are quitting in droves.  The Labor Department said that quits jumped to 4.3 million in August, the highest on records... Read More

US Employers Add a Weak 194,000 Jobs as Delta Maintains Hold
Economy
US Employers Add a Weak 194,000 Jobs as Delta Maintains Hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the pandemic still has a grip on the economy with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs.  Friday's report... Read More

US Unemployment Claims Rise Third Straight Week to 362,000
Employment
US Unemployment Claims Rise Third Straight Week to 362,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing the job market's recovery. Claims rose by 11,000 last week to 362,000,... Read More

Delta Variant Concerns Affecting U.S. Employment Situation
Employment
Delta Variant Concerns Affecting U.S. Employment Situation
2021-09-03 15:46:42
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. employment grew by 235,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 5.2% in August, but that 0.2% decrease still leaves 8.4 million Americans unemployed. The 235,000 growth spurt highlighted in the Labor Department’s August Employment Situation... Read More

Unemployment Claims Reach Pandemic Low
Employment
Unemployment Claims Reach Pandemic Low
2021-09-02 14:41:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a pandemic low 340,000, a sign the economy continues to improve, the Labor Department said Thursday. The number of claims declined by 14,000, as vaccinations for COVID-19... Read More

U.S. Job Openings Hit a Record 10.1 Million in June
Employment
U.S. Job Openings Hit a Record 10.1 Million in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted a record 10.1 million job openings in June, another sign that the job market and economy are bouncing back briskly from last year's coronavirus shutdowns. Job openings rose from 9.5 million in May, the... Read More

Employers Added 943,000 in July in Sign Economy Will Weather Delta Variant
Economy
Employers Added 943,000 in July in Sign Economy Will Weather Delta Variant
2021-08-06 19:07:47
by Victoria Turner

Employers added 943,000 jobs in July and drove the unemployment rate down by 5.4%, with leisure and hospitality, local government, education and business services leading in the hiring, the Labor Department said Friday. In remarks delivered at the White House,... Read More

Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing
Research
Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The eruption of COVID-19 last year caused the proportion of people working from home in the U.S. to nearly double, with the shift most pronounced among college graduates and workers in such fields as finance and... Read More

$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
Employment
$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
2021-06-28 19:25:48
by Victoria Turner

The Labor Department has made $1.5 million available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits seeking to empower women workers by strengthening their... Read More

States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
Employment
States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
2021-04-08 14:57:28
by Victoria Turner

When James Reidy worked at the Labor Department in the 1980s, processing worker compensation claims from asbestos exposure in shipyards, he found that many of the cases stalled over the question of causation. The workers had been exposed to asbestos... Read More

Jobs Surge As Employers Add 916,000 Workers
Employment
Jobs Surge As Employers Add 916,000 Workers
2021-04-02 13:24:18
by TWN Staff

The U.S. added a solid 916,000 jobs last month -- far surpassing an expected increase of 675,000 jobs -- and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. The new numbers come after the economy added... Read More

Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
Veterans
Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
2021-03-31 14:47:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their employers, U.S. Navy Officer Michael Pruitt asked yesterday, why are there not more veterans or transitioning military service members taking... Read More

Apprenticeships Benefit Individuals and Employers
Employment
Apprenticeships Benefit Individuals and Employers
2021-03-02 16:23:22
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Department of Labor’s apprenticeship programs benefit individuals seeking to master skills while gainfully employed, and provides employers with the talent needed to fill the current workforce shortage, according to two Congressmen yesterday. Apprenticeships differ from paid internships... Read More

900K Unemployment Claims Show US Economy Still Reeling From Pandemic
Economy
900K Unemployment Claims Show US Economy Still Reeling From Pandemic
2021-01-21 20:22:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The number of unemployment claims filed last week fell to 900,000, a number that remains historically high and suggests the economy still has a long way to go before it fully recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The Labor... Read More

US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring
Employment
US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,00 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time,... Read More

US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to Highest in Three Months
Economy
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to Highest in Three Months

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped to the highest level in three months, suggesting the labor market’s recovery is faltering amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and widening business restrictions. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose... Read More

US Employers Add a Modest 245,000 Jobs as Virus Intensifies
Economy
US Employers Add a Modest 245,000 Jobs as Virus Intensifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers scaled back their hiring last month as the viral pandemic accelerated across the country, adding 245,000 jobs, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown. At the same time, the unemployment rate to... Read More

House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
Economy
House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
2020-11-06 19:16:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the Labor Department reported Friday. But Congressional Democrats noted the pace of renewed hiring isn't nearly enough to quickly get the... Read More

US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments
Employment
US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments

U.S. unemployment claims figures gave a mixed picture of the labor market amid government changes to seasonal adjustments to account for distortions from the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in state programs totaled 881,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, according... Read More

US Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4% Even as Hiring Slows
Economy
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4% Even as Hiring Slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began. Employers added 1.4 million jobs, the Labor Department said, down from... Read More

Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy
Employment
Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest since March, offering a ray of hope for an economy still battered by the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 249,000 to... Read More

1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends
Employment
1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The Labor Department’s report... Read More

Economy Last Quarter Was Worst in US History, Shrinking 32.9%
Economy
Economy Last Quarter Was Worst in US History, Shrinking 32.9%
2020-07-30 15:45:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter -- the worst quarterly decline ever -- amid a coronavirus pandemic that shuttered businesses and threw millions out of work. The Commerce Department's estimate... Read More

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, But Still Top 1 Million for 16th Straight Week
Employment
Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, But Still Top 1 Million for 16th Straight Week
2020-07-09 16:03:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a pace that suggests employers continue to lay people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of jobless... Read More

Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
Employment
Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
2020-07-02 13:40:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a peak of 14.7% in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. June was the second month in a row of payroll... Read More

Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May
Employment
Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May
2020-06-05 13:56:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May as businesses began to reopen following months of closures ordered at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. The uptick in hiring dropped the unemployment rate to 13.3%, the Labor Department... Read More

Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken
Economy
Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken
2020-05-21 21:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the nine weeks since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic reached 38.6 million last week, just as states across the nation began to take decisive steps to reopen their... Read More

Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million
Employment
Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million
2020-05-14 14:01:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly 3 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total job losses since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in mid-February to roughly 36 million, the Labor Department said Thursday. An additional 842,000 people applied... Read More

30 Million Have Sought US Jobless Aid Since Virus Hit
Economy
30 Million Have Sought US Jobless Aid Since Virus Hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed... Read More

Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid
Employment
Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid
2020-04-23 15:04:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Just over 4.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to tame it continue to batter the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that 4,427,000 Americans applied for benefits... Read More

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