January 19, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.
January 12, 2012 The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose to 399,000 from the week before. Some of the increase was because of post-holiday layoffs.
The scene last month at the "Denver Hires Job Fair."
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January 5, 2012 The ADP National Employment Report signals that the jobless rate likely fell further last month. Meanwhile, the number of claims for unemployment insurance dipped again last week and employers have fewer layoffs planned in coming weeks.
December 29, 2011 There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the Employment and Training Administration says. It's the first increase in four weeks.
December 22, 2011 While that news points to a still sluggish economy, there's also word of another downward tick in first-time claims for jobless benefits — a welcome sign. Claims are running at their lowest level since the spring of 2008.
December 15, 2011 The decline was not expected. It brings claims down closer to a level associated with an improving labor market.
December 8, 2011 There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 23,000 from the previous week.
December 1, 2011 There were 6,000 more first-time claims last week than the week before. On Friday, there will be more job-related news when we hear about the November unemployment rate and job growth.
November 23, 2011 More mixed news in the latest economic indicators — including a slight increase in jobless claims and another decline in orders for durable goods.
November 17, 2011 There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week.
November 3, 2011 At 397,000, claims were down 9,000 from the previous week. That signals some improvement in the labor market. We'll get more data Friday when the government reports on the October unemployment rate.
October 13, 2011 There were 404,000 claims submitted, vs. 405,000 the week before.
October 6, 2011 There were 401,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up from 395,000 the week before. The pace continues to reflect a weak jobs market.
September 29, 2011 The economy's growth was slow, but slightly better than previously thought. And unemployment insurance claims dipped last week to their lowest level since early April.
September 22, 2011 They dropped by 9,000 from the previous week, but remain high.
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