October 31, 2013 Though claims dropped by 10,000, they're still running at a pace that signals a sluggish labor market.
Looking for work: The scene at a job fair earlier this month in Emeryville, Calif.
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October 30, 2013 Just 130,000 jobs were added to private payrolls this month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. In addition, the September gain was revised down.
October 24, 2013 There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
People looking for work were filling out applications earlier this month at a career fair in Emeryville, Calif.
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October 22, 2013 Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier. The report, which was delayed more than two weeks because of the partial government shutdown, is the latest look at how the economy is faring.
The scene earlier this month at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla.
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October 22, 2013 Figures for September are to be released Tuesday morning. The data were delayed by the government shutdown. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate was unchanged from August's 7.3 percent.
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October 10, 2013 First-time jobless claims were at 374,000 for the week ending Oct. 5, up from 308,000 the previous week.
October 3, 2013 A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
September 19, 2013 Economists thought they would hear there had been about 330,000 applications filed for unemployment insurance. Instead, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there were 309,000. Changes in two states' computer systems, however, may still be affecting the data.
A recruiter for Cigna greets a job seeker at a career fair in Philadelphia over the summer.
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September 6, 2013 The news is close to, but a bit less strong, than what economists had been expecting. Within the report, though, was a troubling revision: It's now estimated that just 104,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, not the 162,000 previously thought.
The scene last month at a "Beyond the Dream" job fair in Brooklyn, N.Y. Data on the month's job growth and unemployment rate are due Friday morning.
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September 6, 2013 As soon as the August jobs report is released Friday morning, speculation will begin about how the central bank will react.
September 5, 2013 An employment survey shows 176,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls. The increase was less than July's estimated 198,000 gain. Meanwhile, the number of first-time claims for jobless benefits dipped last week and remain near a five-year low.
August 22, 2013 While 13,000 more people applied for unemployment insurance than had the week before, the trend is still better than at any time since before the last recession began in December 2007.
The scene at a career fair held by the National Urban League last month in Philadelphia.
August 15, 2013 Last week, 320,000 Americans applied for jobless benefits. The figure hadn't been that low since October 2007.
The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this year.
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August 8, 2013 The 333,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance was a 1.5 percent increase from the week before. But over the past month, claims ran at the lowest pace since November 2007 — just before the start of the last recession.
July 25, 2013 While there was a small increase in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the rise was largely due to annual shutdowns for retooling at car plants. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods rose last month.
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