Unemployment

10:09am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop; Mortgage Rates Edge Up

New claims for unemployment benefits fell to 326,000 in the week that ended July 27 — the lowest level for initial jobless claims in more than five years, according to the Labor Department.

Employment data for the month of July is due to be released Friday. But for now, the weekly jobless claims numbers are being hailed as another sign that the U.S. economy is gaining strength.

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9:28am

Thu July 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall To Lowest Level In Months

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 9:33 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 24,000 last week, the Employment and Training Administration says. At 334,000, the number is at a 10-week low.

The Associated Press reports that the drop may be due to seasonal factors. The wire service adds:

"Still, the broader trend has been favorable. The four-week average, which smooths out fluctuations, fell 5,250 to 346,000.

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10:37am

Fri July 5, 2013
Business

June Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations, But Concerns Remain

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6:50am

Fri July 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Better Than Expected Job Growth In June

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 8:48 am

At a job fair in Los Angeles last month, job seekers filled out applications.
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More jobs were created last month than economists had expected, but the unemployment rate held steady.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that employers added 195,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. That's better than the gain of 165,000 that forecasters had predicted.

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9:38am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Positive Signs: Jobless Claims Drop, Retail Sales Rise

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:59 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance has dropped back down to one of its lowest levels since January 2008, the Employment and Training Administration says.

According to that agency, there were 334,000 initial claims filed last week, down 12,000 from the week before.

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