Jobless Claims

Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Fall Slightly; Remain Near 1 Million

A "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in New Hampshire. A "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H., in December 2020. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell only slightly the week of Jan. 11 and remained elevated, signaling heightened pandemic-related strain in the U.S. labor market just as Joe Biden begins his first days as president.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Jump by Most Since March, Approach 1 Million

A contractor frames a house under construction in Utah in December 2020. (George Frey/Bloomberg News) A contractor frames a house under construction in Utah in December 2020. (George Frey/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits surged last week by the most since late March, pointing to persistent labor market pain as coronavirus infections continue to soar and potentially adding to momentum for a larger federal stimulus plan.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2021
Government, Business

Initial Jobless Claims Remain Elevated Heading Into 2021

A worker removes chairs from the outdoor dining tent of a restaurant in New York. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News) A worker removes chairs from the outdoor dining tent of a restaurant in New York. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits were little changed at elevated levels in the final week of 2020, indicating the labor market remains battered with the pandemic dragging on.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
January 7, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Jump More Than Forecast Amid New Shutdowns

A student practices welding at the Knight School of Welding in Louisville. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) A student practices welding at the Knight School of Welding in Louisville. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits surged last week, topping estimates with the highest level since September, suggesting that widening business shutdowns to curb the pandemic are spurring fresh job losses.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2020
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Drop, Offering Ray of Hope for Labor Market

A worker installs plumbing at a manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Indiana. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News) A worker installs plumbing at a manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Indiana. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell by the most in almost two months, offering some hope that the gradual recovery in the job market will continue despite a spike in COVID-19 infections and renewed business restrictions.

Jarrell Dillard | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2020
Government, Business

US Recovery More Tenuous as Jobless Claims Rise, Incomes Fall

People dine at a restaurant in San Diego, Calif. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News) People dine at a restaurant in San Diego, Calif. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly posted the first back-to-back weekly increase since July, while Americans’ incomes and savings fell last month.

Henry Ren and Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
November 25, 2020
Government, Business

Initial Jobless Claims Rise for First Time in Five Weeks

A worker pours molten metal from a furnace at a castings facility in Salem, Ohio. A worker pours molten metal from a furnace at a castings facility in Salem, Ohio. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits rose for the first time in five weeks and remained well above pre-COVID levels, suggesting the labor market recovery is slowing amid a surging pandemic and fresh business restrictions.

Jarrell Dillard | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2020
Government, Business

Number Seeking US Jobless Aid Drops to Lowest Since March

A sign is seen outside an employment center in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Nov. 5. A sign is seen outside an employment center in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Nov. 5. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
November 12, 2020
Government, Business

751,000 Seek US Jobless Benefits as Virus Weighs on Economy

A customer carriers their order past a "now hiring" sign at an eatery in Richardson, Texas, on Sept. 2. LM Otero/Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the face of the accelerating pandemic.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
November 5, 2020
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Decline More Than Forecast in Week Ending Oct. 24

A help wanted sign is displayed outside a car wash in Indianapolis. A help wanted sign is displayed outside a car wash in Indianapolis on Sept. 2. (Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell more than forecast last week, suggesting the labor market remains on the path of gradual improvement — while still far from its pre-pandemic health.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
October 29, 2020

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