| Oct 2, 2014
| 7:32 AM
American companies announced the fewest planned layoffs in 14 years in September while initial unemployment claims dropped last week to near a post-recession low, two positive labor market signs ahead of Friday's jobs report.
With the slowdown in job...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 7:37 AM
Initial claims for jobless benefits fell sharply last week to their lowest level in 14 years as the labor market continued to show signs of improvement despite global economic problems.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 8:07 AM
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14-year low last week and industrial output rose sharply in September, positive signals that could help ease fears over the economic outlook.
Initial claims for state unemployment...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 4:26 PM
California's troubled unemployment insurance program is getting a little more high-tech.
In recent years, the state Employment Development Department has been plagued by breakdowns of a 30-year-old computer system. Staffers were forced to spend extra...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 6:32 PM
Not far from once-booming Atlantic City, here's what the end of federal unemployment insurance looks like in a tattered community where the jobless rate is still almost twice the national average.
A solitary Republican congressman stands in the...
| May 1, 2014
| 6:52 AM
First-time unemployment claims surprisingly jumped last week to a two-month high of 344,000, a downbeat sign ahead of Friday's jobs report.
The number of people filing for initial jobless benefits was up from the previous week's revised figure of 330,...
| May 29, 2014
| 5:59 PM
The economy stumbled badly during the severe winter, much more than first estimated, according to a government report, and stalled a recovery that appeared poised to take off this year.
Economists, however, see the quarterly drop more as a delay in...
| May 15, 2014
| 4:50 PM
It's "back-to-basics" time at the state unemployment insurance program, where a new director, more staff and fewer computer problems are reviving a troubled agency.
Although the Employment Development Department's many critics are taking a wait-and-...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:21 AM
Initial jobless claims jumped by 28,000 after hitting a seven-year low, but remained at a level consistent with moderate labor market growth, according to government figures released Thursday.
About 326,000 people filed for unemployment benefits for the...
| May 8, 2014
| 8:36 AM
Initial jobless claims fell last week, a welcoming sign for the labor market after a few weeks where applications inched up.
The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped to 319,000 last week, a decrease of 26,000 from the week...
| May 12, 2014
| 3:43 PM
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger wants jobless Marylanders whose unemployment checks have run out to send him their stories and photos as he and other Democrats push for a House vote on extended benefits.
"Over the past four months, I've heard from...