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6 Months In, Businesses Still Getting Squeezed

Jobless claims ticked up last week

(Newser) - The number of people seeking US unemployment aid rose slightly last week to 870,000, showing that the viral pandemic is still squeezing businesses six months after it first erupted. The figure coincides with evidence that some newly laid-off Americans are facing delays in receiving unemployment benefits as state agencies... More »

Jobless Claims Remain Above a Big Threshold

Once again, more than 1 million apply for benefits in the last week

(Newser) - Just over 1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the coronavirus outbreak continues to threaten jobs even as the housing market, auto sales, and other segments of the economy rebound from a springtime collapse, per the AP . The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number... More »

Jobless Claims Milestone Is Short-Lived

Number of people seeking benefits rises back above 1M for the week

(Newser) - The number of laid-off workers seeking US unemployment benefits rose to 1.1 million last week after two weeks of declines, evidence that many employers are still slashing jobs as the coronavirus bedevils the economy, per the AP . The latest figures, released Thursday by the Labor Department, suggest that more... More »

A Welcome Milestone on Jobless Claims

New claims drop below 1M for first time since March

(Newser) - Layoffs continue five months into the pandemic, but there is a silver lining. Unemployment claims dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since March. There were 963,000 new filings for state unemployment benefits in the week ending Aug. 8—a drop of 228,000 claims from... More »

Jobless Claims Continue a Historic 16-Week Streak

Numbers dip, but they remain above 1M

(Newser) - New unemployment claims are out, and they're a smidge better than expected, reports CNBC . As in, 1.31 million people applied for jobless benefits last week, compared with the expected figure of 1.39 million. The AP has some coronavirus context: This marks the 16th straight week the figure... More »

'And Now, It's Gone': What the Jobs Report Will Hold

US is expected to have wiped out a decade's worth of jobs

(Newser) - The monthly jobs report is out at 8:30am ET Friday, when we'll find out just how grim the April employment numbers are. The March report was "shocking," without even showing the true brunt of the coronavirus pandemic's impact since the relevant surveys end mid-month. Media... More »

It's by Far the Worst String of Layoffs on Record

4.4M more file for unemployment benefits, bringing total to 26M over 5 weeks

(Newser) - More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for US unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down. Roughly 26 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the five weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began forcing millions of employers... More »

Jobless Claims Swell by Another 6.6M

About 10% of the workforce is now unemployed

(Newser) - With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks, per the AP . The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses... More »

Jobless Claims Clock in at Quadruple the 1982 Record

At nearly 3.3M

(Newser) - Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week—more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982—amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is doing to the economy. Filings... More »

Strong Jobs Report Comes With a Dose of Caution

Employers add 273K jobs, but numbers came before worst of coronavirus news

(Newser) - The latest jobs report is in, and it's a strong one. Employers added 273,000 jobs in February, well above expectations of 175,000, reports the Wall Street Journal . The unemployment rate ticked down from 3.6% to a 50-year low of 3.5%, notes the AP . Both stories,... More »

Soft Jobs Report Signals Fear of a Larger Slowdown

Employers add 75K jobs, well below projections

(Newser) - May's jobs report is in, and the numbers are weaker than expected. Employers added 75,000 jobs, well below projections in the 180,000 range, reports the Wall Street Journal . The pullback in hiring is a sign that businesses may have become more cautious in the face of slowing... More »

Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since 1973

Claims for jobless aid drop by 22K to 222K

(Newser) - The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president, the AP reports. The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid dropped by 22,000 to 222,000, the fewest since March 1973. The less volatile four-week average slid... More »

Jobless Figures Surprisingly Weak

Rate remains at 5.1%, but fewer jobs than expected were created

(Newser) - Not so great news out of the Labor Department this morning: The economy created 142,000 jobs in September, well below forecasts of more than 200,000, reports the AP . Even so, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1%. The 142,000 may initially sound worse than last month'... More »

Jobless Claims Hit Pre-Recession Levels

2.56M people are receiving benefits, a 6-year low

(Newser) - Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years. The Labor Department said today that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less... More »

Today's the Day: Long-Term Jobless Benefits Expire

More than 1M affected

(Newser) - A political fight on Capitol Hill becomes very real today for about 1.3 million Americans: Their long-term unemployment benefits expire. In the latest budget deal, lawmakers didn't extend the 5-year-old federal emergency program that provides an average of $300 a month to people who have used up their... More »

October Jobs Report Surprisingly Strong

Shutdown didn't torpedo numbers after all

(Newser) - Last month's government shutdown was supposed to throw a wet blanket on this morning's jobs numbers, but they turned out to be fairly strong. The economy added 204,000 jobs in October, almost double what analysts expected, reports the AP , which calls it an "unexpected burst of... More »

US Adds 171K Jobs; Unemployment at 7.9%

And September and August figures revised upward

(Newser) - The last jobs report before the election hit today, and it was a good one. The economy added 171,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department reported, handily beating analysts' estimates . The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%, but according to Reuters that was because more people were entering... More »

On Eve of Big Jobs Report, a Solid Number

Initial jobless claims drop to 363K

(Newser) - US companies added a better-than-expected 158,000 jobs last month, finds a private report released today. The ADP survey, which has been pinged in the past for its swings-and-misses, was created using a methodology that was overhauled for the first time since 2001, reports Bloomberg . It was based on payroll... More »

'Mystery State' Behind Plunging Jobless Claims

Apparent snafu, probably by California, leads to 4-year low

(Newser) - Jobless claims plunged to 339,000 this week, putting them at a four-and-a-half-year low and drastically lower than the 370,000 economists expected, the Labor Department announced today. But there was a fly in the ointment. A department spokesperson said that one large state accounted for a large portion of... More »

GDP Growth Revised Down to Anemic 1.3%

On the bright side, jobless claims fell

(Newser) - US economic growth was even worse than we thought in the April-June quarter, growing at a pace of just 1.3%, the Commerce Department announced today, down from its previous estimate of 1.7%. About half of that big revision reflected the punishing effect the summer's drought has had... More »

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