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Unemployment claims in the U.S. rise for second week in row

First-time claims for US unemployment benefits rose for the second consecutive week last week, hitting a nine-month high during the year-end holiday season, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, rose to 379,000 in the week ending December 14 from a revised…

Fewer layoffs, but unemployment claims still rise

New claims for US unemployment benefits rose modestly last week but the overall trend showed fewer layoffs, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims totaled 309,000 in the week ending September 14, up by 15,000 from the prior week’s revised 294,000 reading, the Labor Department said. The increase was…

Analysts surprised as jobless claims fall

Americans filed fewer claims for unemployment benefits last week as the pace of layoffs continued to slacken, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims totaled 323,000 in the week ending August 31, a decline of 9,000 from the prior week’s revised reading of 332,000, the Labor Department said. The…

Unemployment claims fall to lowest level since mid-March

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since mid-March, the government reported Thursday, in a fresh sign of a slowly improving job market. Initial jobless claims totaled 339,000 in the week ending April 20, down from the prior week’s revised reading of 362,000, the…

Geithner hopeful for renewed drop in U.S. jobless rate

NEW YORK — US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said on Sunday said that US unemployment numbers, which stalled earlier this month, could resume their decline ahead of November’s election in which the economy will top voters’ concerns. “If the economy keeps growing at a moderate pace, then, yes, more people…

New unemployment claims in U.S. at lowest level since April 2008

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week, hovering at four-year lows as the ailing labor continues to mend, government data showed Thursday. The Labor Department reported 357,000 initial jobless claims were filed in the week ending March 31, the lowest level since April 2008. It was a decrease…

U.S. jobless claims may confirm improving labor market

New claims for US unemployment benefits rose for the first time in four weeks, but the trend still pointed to a steady decline in job layoffs across the country, the Labor Department said Thursday. Initial jobless claims climbed to 381,000 in the week ending December 24, an increase of 15,000…

Jobless claims rise by largest amount in 3 months ‎

New claims for US unemployment benefits have risen for the first time in five weeks, official data showed Thursday. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims totaled 471,000 in the week ending May 15, up 25,000 or 5.6 percent from the prior week’s revised figure of 446,000. The figure was…

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