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.
July 18, 2013 Analysts said the numbers signaled continued recovery in the jobs market. The news — plus good news on some quarterly earning reports — sent the stock markets soaring in early trading.
July 11, 2013 The increase — of 16,000 claims — may be mostly due to seasonal shutdowns of auto plants, which are retooling.
At a job fair in Los Angeles last month, job seekers filled out applications.
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July 5, 2013 There were 195,000 jobs added to payrolls last month, but the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. That was unchanged from May.
A help wanted sign in the window of a clothing store in Pasadena, Calif., last month.
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July 3, 2013 In advance of Friday's much-anticipated June employment news, three other reports point upward.
June 7, 2013 There were about 175,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls. But the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from April's 7.5 percent.
The scene at a career fair in San Francisco on May 30.
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June 6, 2013 There were fewer first-time claims for jobless benefits last week. And in May, companies announced fewer layoffs. On Friday, the latest day on unemployment and job creation are due. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate last month was 7.5 percent, unchanged from April.
May 30, 2013 Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reports. At one point, economists thought growth was closer to 3 percent in the first three months of the year.
A man interviews for a job in Detroit. The unemployment rate for black Americans in Michigan was 18.7 percent in 2012, more that twice the rate for whites in the state.
May 25, 2013 Income and wealth inequality is just about as American as baseball and apple pie. And although the economy has improved in the last few years, the unemployment rate for black Americans is about double that for whites.
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May 23, 2013 There was more of a decline than economists expected, but the weekly pace hasn't really changed much since late 2011.
Enzo Vizcaíno, a 24-year-old unemployed Spaniard, isn't singing for his supper. He just wants a job.
May 18, 2013 Enzo Vizcaíno looks like a busker, strumming away on his ukulele as he roams a Barcelona metro car. But he sings of his bachelor's degree and postgrad diploma. "I'm the King of Microsoft," he croons. He's not looking for a handout. He just wants a job. And his creative approach may be paying off.
May 9, 2013 The news could be another sign that the economy's picked up enough strength to convince employers that it's OK to hold on to workers.
Waiting for work: Job seekers lined up last month at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in Manhattan.
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May 3, 2013 The eagerly anticipated news was better than expected. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised upward its estimates of job growth in February and March.
Looking for work: The scene at a job fair in New York City earlier this year. Figures on job growth and unemployment in April are due Friday morning.
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May 3, 2013 April job growth and unemployment figures are coming Friday morning. Economists expect to hear that employers added about 150,000 jobs to their payrolls and that the jobless rate stayed at 7.6 percent. But they worry about another negative surprise.
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May 2, 2013 There were 324,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 18,000 from the previous week's 342,000. Numbers on April's unemployment rate and job growth are due to be released Friday.
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