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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…

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…

Unemployment claims fall to 6-year low

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell last week to their lowest level in six years, a fresh sign of labor market tightening, the Labor Department said Thursday. Initial jobless claims totaled 320,000 in the week ending August 10, compared to 335,000 the previous week. The four-week moving average…

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…

Unemployment claims fall for the third week in a row

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week for the third week in a row, signaling continuing improvement in the troubled jobs market, Labor Department data released Thursday showed. Jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs across the country, totaled 332,000 in the week ending March 9,…

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…

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…

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