unemployment

Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Tick Up to 745,000 as Layoffs Remain High

Unemployment A shuttered restaurant. (Cheney Orr/Bloomberg News)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 4, 2021
Government, Business

Trucking Jobs Gain in December Outweighed by Wider Labor Trouble

A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News) A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. labor market lost jobs in December for the first time in eight months, yet transportation-related businesses showed solid growth, the Labor Department said Jan. 8.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2021
Government, Business

Labor Market Extends Gains, Jobless Rate Declines to 6.9%

Employees sew fabric at a manufacturing facility in Hickory, N.C. Employees sew fabric at a manufacturing facility in Hickory, N.C. (Logan Cyrus/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. labor market strengthened in October, defying expectations for more subdued gains amid an intensifying pandemic and lack of additional fiscal relief.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2020
Government, Business

Layoffs Remain Elevated as 898,000 Seek Jobless Aid

Economy Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose the week of Oct. 5 to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 15, 2020
Government, Business

US Jobs Rise Less Than Forecast as Economic Rebound Downshifts

A worker assists diners at a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. A worker assists diners at a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. (Logan Cyrus/Bloomberg News)

U.S. job gains slowed in September and many Americans quit looking for work, suggesting the economic recovery is downshifting as the country struggles without a COVID-19 vaccine or fresh government aid.

October 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Unemployment Rate Drops by More Than Expected to 8.4%

The unemployment rate in August fell by more than expected. An employee sanitizes the credit card machine at a store in Oak Park, Mich. (Emily Elconin/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. labor-market rebound extended for a fourth month in August, offering hope that the economy can continue to recover despite a persistent pandemic and Washington’s standoff over further government aid to jobless Americans and small businesses.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
September 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Increase to More Than 1 Million

A customer wears a mask inside a boardwalk shop in Ocean City, N.J. A customer wears a mask inside a boardwalk shop in Ocean City, N.J. on Aug. 1. (Gabby Jones/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, a stumble for the labor market in its long road to recovery.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Jobless Claims Below 1 Million for First Time in Pandemic

A worker disinfects a bar at a nightclub in South Carolina. A worker disinfects a bar at a nightclub in Columbia, S.C. (Micah Green/Bloomberg News)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic began in March, suggesting the economic recovery is gaining some traction amid a deceleration in coronavirus infections.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
August 13, 2020
Government, Business

US Adds 1.8 Million Jobs in Sign That Hiring Has Weakened

A sign advertises hiring of temporary associates at a Pier 1 store in Florida. A sign advertises hiring of temporary associates at a Pier 1 store in Florida on Aug. 6. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
August 7, 2020
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Fall More Than Forecast to Pandemic Low

A worker dresses a mannequin at a store in Alabama. A worker dresses a mannequin at a store in Alabama. (Maranie Staab/Bloomberg News)

U.S. applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to the lowest since the pandemic started, in a broad decline across nearly all states, suggesting the labor market is improving.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
August 6, 2020

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