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7:00am

Thu August 15, 2013
Business

Jobless Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Level

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:37 am

The scene at a career fair held by the National Urban League last month in Philadelphia.
Mark Makela Reuters/Landov

There were 320,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

Not only is that 15,000 fewer than had been filed the week before, it's also the lowest number for any single week since before the U.S. economy officially slipped into its most recent recession, in December 2007.

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6:53am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Hold Steady

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 8:54 am

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this year.
Mario Tama Getty Images

There were 333,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration says. Claims were up 1.5 percent from the previous week's 328,000 — and basically remained at the lower end of the range where they've stayed for the better part of the last two years.

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6:38am

Fri August 2, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Unemployment Sinks To 7.4 Percent; 162,000 Jobs Added In July

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:11 am

America's unemployment rate sank to 7.4 percent in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. A hiring sign is seen in a store window in Alexandria, Va.
Alex Wong Getty Images

America's unemployment rate sank to 7.4 percent in July, a drop of two-tenths of a percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its monthly summary of the U.S. economic situation. But employers added 162,000 jobs last month, coming in below economists' expectations.

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1:17am

Fri August 2, 2013
Planet Money

4 Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:08 am

NPR

The unemployment rate only includes people who don't have jobs and are looking for work. A much larger swath of people — about 36 percent of U.S. adults — don't have jobs and aren't looking for work at all. That figure is higher than it's been in decades (and, conversely, the share of adults in the labor force — shown in the graph above — is lower than it's been in decades).

Here are four reasons why so many people are leaving the labor force.

1. They're retiring.

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