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  • Initial jobless claims fall for second week in a row, to 343,000

    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...
  • Initial jobless claims jump to two-month high of 360,000

    Initial jobless claims jump to two-month high of 360,000
    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...
  • More cuts to unemployment benefits coming as economy improves

    More cuts to unemployment benefits coming as economy improves
    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 --...
  • Initial jobless claims drop sharply to 334,000, near five-year low

    Initial jobless claims drop sharply to 334,000, near five-year low
    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...
  • California unemployment rate falls to 8.5%

    California unemployment rate falls to 8.5%
    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...
  • Weekly jobless claims up more than expected, still in moderate range

    Weekly jobless claims up more than expected, still in moderate range
    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...
  • Obama explains what he wants in next Federal Reserve chairman

    Obama explains what he wants in next Federal Reserve chairman
    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...
  • Unemployment benefits, water top Jerry Brown's post-vacation list

    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...
  • Weekly jobless claims drop to 5½-year low of 326,000

    Weekly jobless claims drop to 5½-year low of 326,000
    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...
  • Media ignores sequester's impact

    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...
  • Reworking California's jobless fund

    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...