US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August
Employment
US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped last week to the highest since August and Americans increasingly moved to longer-term jobless aid. Both are troubling signs for a labor market whose recovery from the pandemic was already slowing. Initial jobless claims... Read More

US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery
Employment
US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits were little changed last week, contrasting with estimates for a decline and highlighting an economic recovery that’s coming in fits and starts. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs increased by 4,000 to 870,000 in... Read More

US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week
Employment
US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits failed to decline as expected last week, a sign extensive job losses are persisting as the nation continues to struggle to control the coronavirus. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs were unchanged at... 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

Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
2020-08-21 15:16:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month,... Read More

States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid
Economy
States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back. The leaders of states including New York... 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

Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter
Economy
Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter

WASHINGTON — Prospects for a quick deal to extend supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus for an economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic have taken a sharp turn for the worse, leaving millions of Americans in the lurch a... 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

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

US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast For Second Week
Employment
US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast For Second Week

A higher-than-expected number of Americans sought unemployment benefits for a second week, signaling a slowdown in U.S. labor market improvement. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 60,000 to 1.48 million last week from an upwardly revised figure... Read More

Kudlow Says Extra Jobless Payments Will End as Planned in July
Economy
Kudlow Says Extra Jobless Payments Will End as Planned in July

The $600-a-week bonus payments made to some Americans laid off during the coronavirus pandemic will end as planned in July, said White House economic director Larry Kudlow. Congress in March approved the extra money on top of state unemployment payments... Read More

US State Jobless-Benefit Rolls Post First Decline of Pandemic
Employment
US State Jobless-Benefit Rolls Post First Decline of Pandemic

U.S. states’ jobless rolls shrank for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic in a sign people are starting to return to work, even as millions more Americans filed for unemployment benefits. Continuing claims, which tally Americans’ ongoing benefit claims... 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

US Homelessness Could Increase 45% Because of Coronavirus Unemployment
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US Homelessness Could Increase 45% Because of Coronavirus Unemployment

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus-induced shock to the economy crippling businesses of all sizes and leaving millions of Americans out of work, homelessness in the United States could grow as much as 45% in a year, according to a... 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

Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression
Employment
Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus... Read More

How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System
Employment
How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System

WASHINGTON — As the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits grew by nearly 4 million in just the last week, it’s little surprise that the systems charged with responding are overwhelmed. For decades, state and federal agencies have seen... 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

The Back-to-Work Math Gets Messy for America’s Newly Unemployed
Employment
The Back-to-Work Math Gets Messy for America’s Newly Unemployed

Riley Crutchfield, a hairdresser in Macon, Ga., is nervous about going back to a job that requires her to touch people all day. In Houston, former Waffle House trainee manager Maxime Pierre has election-year politics and risk-reward tradeoffs in mind.... 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

Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy
Employment
Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy
2020-04-16 14:20:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, jumped by another 5.2 million last week, bringing the four-week total to about 22 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That number wipes out the total number of jobs created during... Read More

Jobless Claims Reach New Record High As 6.6 Million File for Assistance
Economy
Jobless Claims Reach New Record High As 6.6 Million File for Assistance
2020-04-02 17:17:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 6.6 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, shattering the record number for the second week in a row, the Labor Department announced Thursday. Last week, 3.3 million people filed jobless claims, meaning... Read More

Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
Economy
Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
2020-03-26 15:42:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment claims reached a historic high of 3.28 million last week due to a wave of layoffs and business closures stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The figure shattered the previous record of... Read More

US Adds Robust 263,000 Jobs; Unemployment Hits 49-Year Low
Economy
US Adds Robust 263,000 Jobs; Unemployment Hits 49-Year Low
2019-05-03 14:45:21
by Dan McCue

U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, helping to push the unemployment rate to a five-decade low of 3.6 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. The latest report from the government suggests that continued economic growth is encouraging... Read More

Unemployment Claims Post Largest Increase in Nearly Two Years
Economy
Unemployment Claims Post Largest Increase in Nearly Two Years
2019-04-25 18:14:57
by Dan McCue

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits saw their largest increase in 19 months last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 230,000 for the week ended... Read More

Applications for Jobless Benefits Drop to a 49-year Low, Inflation Remains Tame
Economy
Applications for Jobless Benefits Drop to a 49-year Low, Inflation Remains Tame
2019-04-11 20:43:28
by Dan McCue

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in the United States fell last week to its lowest level since December 1969, the Labor Department said Thursday. The last time unemployment benefits claims were this low, Jay-Z was a newborn in... Read More

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