unemployment

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
Government, Business

US Job Losses to Mount With Small Firms Running on Fumes

A waiter wearing protective equipment serves food to patrons at the outdoor seating area of a restaurant in Chicago on July 24. A waiter wearing protective equipment serves food to patrons at the outdoor seating area of a restaurant in Chicago on July 24. (Olivia Obineme/Bloomberg News)

The clock is ticking for Bonnie Morales and the acclaimed restaurant she opened a few years ago in Portland, Ore. She’s among thousands of U.S. small-business owners who are considering layoffs in coming months as they plow through government aid.

August 5, 2020
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

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