| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:19 AM
A report released Tuesday by the National Employment Law Project blames chronic underfunding by the federal government for problems with states' unemployment insurance programs that include extensive backlogs and outdated, unreliable systems.
| Jul 2, 2013
| 12:22 PM
The long-term unemployed are feeling the brunt of the automatic federal budget cuts that began this spring, according to a state-by-state analysis from the National Employment Law Project.
The New York-based advocacy group said sequestration,...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:51 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims dipped to 343,000 last week, slightly better than analyst expectations and a sign that the labor market continues to expand at a moderate pace.
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:10 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped to a two-month high of 360,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, but the rise could reflect annual summer shutdowns at auto plants.
The number of people applying for first-time...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 1:15 PM
The good news: California's unemployment rate has fallen from 10.7% in May 2012 to 8.6% a year later.
The bad news: The improving economy means that the Department of Labor on Friday may nix the last tier in federal unemployment extension benefits --...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 6:31 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims dropped sharply last week to 334,000, close to a five-year low, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits was down 24,000 from the previous week's revised...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly plunged last week to their lowest level since the early days of the Great Recession as the labor market continued to show signs of strengthening.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Joe Davidson's article ("'Most vulnerable' workers are struggling," July 28) reprinted from The Washington Post carried good information and it is correct — the impacts of sequester aren't "commanding the attention they once did."
For example, I...
| Aug 5, 2013
Swamped with more unemployed residents than any other state, California has paid a staggering sum in jobless benefits over the last six years — nearly $40 billion. But the state didn't have nearly enough money in its unemployment insurance fund to...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:16 PM
New research published Tuesday found that in cities with large numbers of Mexican-born workers, the immigrants insulated native-born workers from steep job losses during the recession.
Researchers said that when labor markets soured, immigrants chased...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 7:57 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims rose slightly last week to 333,000 but the average over the past month dropped to its lowest level since 2007, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits in...