unemployment

Government, Business

1.4 Million Seek Jobless Aid, First Increase Since March

Events workers who were forced out of work because of the pandemic marched July 21 in Salt Lake City. Events workers who were forced out of work because of the pandemic marched July 21 in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time since the pandemic struck in March, evidence of the deepening economic pain the outbreak is causing to the economy.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
July 23, 2020
Government, Business

Number of Laid-Off Workers Seeking Jobless Aid Stuck at 1.3 Million

Job seekers wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb., on July 15. Job seekers wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb., on July 15. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits remained stuck at 1.3 million last week, a historically high level that indicates many companies are still cutting jobs as the viral outbreak intensifies.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
July 16, 2020
Government, Business

Layoffs Stuck at High Level as 1.3 Million Seek Jobless Aid

Empty United Airlines ticket machines are shown at the Tampa International Airport on April 24. Empty United Airlines ticket machines are shown at the Tampa International Airport on April 24. The company warned this week it may layoff 36,000 employees after federal aid expires in the fall. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
July 9, 2020
Government, Business

US Unemployment Falls to 11.1%; Trucking Adds 8,000 Jobs

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1% in June according to the Labor Department as the economy added 4.8 million jobs and the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions allowed more businesses to reopen while bringing back some of their employees.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 2, 2020
Government, Business

US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast for Second Week

A man walks past an Illinois retail store going out of business due to the pandemic on June 23. A man walks past an Illinois retail store going out of business due to the pandemic on June 23. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was higher than forecast for a second straight week, adding to signs that the recovery is cooling amid a pickup in coronavirus cases.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Hiring Rose in 46 States in May; Jobless Rates Still High

A person looks inside the closed doors of a job center in California on May 7. A person looks inside the closed doors of a job center in California on May 7. (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

Employers added jobs in 46 states last month, evidence that the U.S. economy’s surprise hiring gain in May was spread broadly across the country — in both states that began reopening their economies early and those that did so only later.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
June 19, 2020
Government, Business

1.5 Million More Laid-Off Workers Seek Unemployment Benefits

A customer walks out of a Post Office branch in Seattle on June 4. A customer walks out of a Post Office branch in Seattle on June 4. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a historically high number, even as the economy increasingly reopens and employers bring some people back to work.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
June 18, 2020
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Extend Gradual Decline, Remain Elevated

Pedestrians walk through Brookfield Place shopping center in New York on June 10. Pedestrians walk through Brookfield Place shopping center in New York on June 10. (Sarah Blesener/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits gradually eased last week despite a stream of business reopenings, underscoring the longer-term labor-market challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2020
Government, Business

US Unemployment Drops Unexpectedly to 13.3%

A customer walks out of a U.S. Post Office branch in Seattle on June 4. A customer walks out of a U.S. Post Office branch in Seattle on June 4. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

The U.S. unemployment rate fell unexpectedly in May to 13.3% — still on par with what the nation witnessed during the Great Depression — as states loosened their coronavirus lockdowns and businesses began recalling workers faster than economists had predicted.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
June 5, 2020
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Slow While Underscoring Persistent Weakness

A commuter boards a Chicago Transit Authority train on June 3. A commuter boards a Chicago Transit Authority train on June 3. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

As business reopenings picked up nationwide, Americans filed nearly 2 million applications for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting a slowing — though far from a halt — in job losses.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
June 4, 2020

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