| 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...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 7:01 PM
California continued its economic recovery in June as its unemployment rate slid to 8.5%, the lowest it has been in nearly five years.
Employers' payrolls grew by 30,200 jobs, helping push down the jobless rate from 8.6% in May, according to data...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 6:17 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims rose more than expected last week to 343,000, but continued to signal moderate labor market growth.
The number of people who filed for first-time unemployment benefits for the week ending Saturday was up 7,000 from...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 7:19 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said his pick for the next head of the Federal Reserve would need to focus on both parts of the central bank's dual mandate -- keeping inflation in check and promoting maximum employment -- while helping improve the lives...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 11:41 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Now that Gov. Jerry Brown is back from his ancestral tour of Germany and Ireland, his attention is turning to priorities for the closing weeks of the legislative year, which ends Sept. 13.
Though many of the governor’s major policy...
| 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...