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U.S. unemployment claims hit three-month low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected and hit a three-month low last week, a sign of strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally…

Penis drawn on business card is key to Wyoming legal battle over unemployment benefits

A judge has been asked to settle a dispute between a Wyoming auto dealership and an employee who allegedly drew a penis on the back of a business card he handed to a customer. The fired employee, David A. Dell, denies drawing the lewd image, and the state’s Unemployment Insurance…

Unemployment benefits don’t discourage people from finding work: study

A new study shows that even generous unemployment benefits have zero impact on people’s drive to go out and find a job. The multinational study, conducted by Jan Eichhorn, a sociologist at the University of Edinburgh, and published in the October…  …

Wisconsin GOP pushing law to spy on and seize bank accounts of unemployed

A law is advancing through the Wisconsin state legislature that would double the job-seeking requirements for people collecting unemployment and which would allow the government to peer into their bank accounts and freeze them if they believe the account holder has received overpayments in their benefits. According to the Wisconsin…

UK government under fire over ‘slave labor’ job scheme

The government was accused this week of introducing “slave labour” through a scheme that can see unemployed youngsters lose their benefits if they quit a work experience placement. The ten-month-old voluntary programme, part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s welfare reforms, is intended to help the record number of jobless youths…

Jobless claims at lowest since Obama took office

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has fallen to its lowest since March of 2008, the Associated Press reported Thursday morning. The national economy added 243,000 jobs in January, lowering the employment rate to 8.3 percent, according to the Department of Labor. A government report noted that weekly unemployment…

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…

Rep. Van Hollen blasts GOP over drug testing the jobless

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on Sunday slammed House Republicans for proposing that those who receive federal unemployment benefits should be forced to undergo drug testing. “I think the drug testing thing is a red herring,” he told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “The reality is that people are not out of work…

Jobless claims drop to 3.5 year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a 3-1/2 year low last week, a government report showed on Thursday, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining speed. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. That was…

Long-term jobless set to lose safety net

WASHINGTON — Instead of brimming with holiday cheer, millions of the long-term unemployed across the United States are anxiously watching to see if the new year brings an end to their jobless benefits. The US government’s long-term unemployment insurance benefits expire at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve…

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