unemployment rate

Government, Business

Jobless Claims Rise but Remain Near 50-Year Low

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WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up last week but remained at a historically low level, reflecting a robust U.S. labor market with near record-high job openings and few layoffs.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
April 14, 2022
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Rise, Concentrated in a Few States

Jobless Claims Rise, Concentrated in a Few States A worker welds an aluminum pontoon at a production facility in Elkhart, Ind. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance unexpectedly rose for the first time since mid-January, mainly concentrated in a few states in the South and Midwest, while most others declined.

Emma Kinery | Bloomberg News
February 17, 2022
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Decline for Second Week as Omicron Eases

Jobless Claims Decline for Second Week as Omicron Eases Attendees receive information during a job fair in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell for a second week, partially unwinding a recent spike in claims as the omicron wave recedes.

Raeedah Wahid | Bloomberg News
February 3, 2022
Government, Business

Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since Pandemic

hiring sign David Zalubowski/AP

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 14, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Rise to 419,000 From a Pandemic Low

hiring sign A car passes a hiring banner in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
July 22, 2021
Government, Business

Economists Brace for Another Volatile Monthly Jobs Report

An employee wearing a protective mask assists customers at a department store in Georgia. An employee wearing a protective mask assists customers at a department store in Georgia. (Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg News)

Economists, blindsided by a major miss in April’s U.S. employment report, are now ready for any number of surprises.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
June 3, 2021
Government, Business

Employers Add Just 49,000 Jobs as Unemployment Falls to 6.3%

Construction workers Construction workers talk at a site in Simi Valley, Calif., this month. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 49,000 jobs in January, a sign that the viral pandemic retains a tight grip on the economy nearly a year after it triggered a painful recession.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

Record Number of Workers File for Unemployment Benefits

Store locked and chained A store in Miami Beach, Fla., is locked and chained. (Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg)

A record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits after the coronavirus outbreak forced the shutdown of major industries, small businesses and gig workers.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 26, 2020
Government, Business

Survey: Modest Job Gains in June Hint at Slowing Economy

Line of people at job fair Job applicants line up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood during a job fair in Hollywood, Fla., on June 4. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added just 102,000 jobs in June, a possible turning point that could signal a coming increase in the unemployment rate.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
July 3, 2019
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall to 216,000, Showing Tight Labor Market

Job seekers at a career fair in New York Job seekers at a career fair in New York. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg)

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits decreased for the third time in four weeks, hovering near an almost five-decade low that reflects a robust job market.

Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
December 27, 2018

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