September 26, 2013 Both reports add to evidence that the U.S. economy continues to chug along. It's estimated that gross domestic product rose at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter. Meanwhile, claims for unemployment insurance remain near a six-year low.
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.
At a Target store in San Francisco last month, job seekers waited in line.
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September 12, 2013 Two states didn't process all their numbers because they were in the midst of computer upgrades. It's likely the figure will be revised next week, after more data are in.
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.
America's unemployment rate sank to 7.4 percent in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. A hiring sign is seen in a store window in Alexandria, Va.
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August 2, 2013 The drop in the U.S. unemployment rate surpassed expectations, but the increase of only 162,000 jobs came in below projections. Hourly earnings for all workers on private nonfarm payrolls fell 2 cents last month.
A chart shows the growth in the Standard & Poor's 500 index of large-capitalization U.S. stocks. The index passed the 1,700 mark for the first time Thursday.
August 1, 2013 The rise is being tied to a drop in weekly jobless claims, as well as assurances from the Federal Reserve that it would continue to support the U.S. economy.
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.
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 20, 2013 The level, however, remains consistent with moderate job growth.
June 13, 2013 There were fewer people applying for unemployment insurance last week. And in May, consumers spent more — particularly on cars.
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