More than 3,600 people lined up to apply for about 1,000 openings at a job fair earlier this month in New Orleans.
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April 24, 2014 The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.
April 17, 2014 The 304,000 applications filed last week means they were close to the lowest level since May 2007. Analysts say the news is another sign that the economy continues to grow.
April 10, 2014 There were 300,000 applications filed last week. That's the fewest since May 2007. Economists say the data are another sign that the labor market is gaining some strength.
The scene at a job fair last fall in Van Nuys, Calif.
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April 3, 2014 The uptick to 326,000 applications still kept claims near the lower end of a range they've been in for the past year or so. On Friday, the government will report on the March unemployment rate.
March 27, 2014 The news about both last quarter and last week is positive. Fewer people signed up for unemployment insurance last week, and consumer spending was stronger than previously thought in late 2013.
March 20, 2014 Analysts say the latest data are a sign that job growth might be better than expected this month. Claims are running at roughly the same pace they set before the last recession.
March 13, 2014 There were 315,000 new applications for unemployment insurance filed last week, down 9,000 from the week before. It's the latest sign that the labor market is gaining some strength.
March 6, 2014 On the eve of data about job growth and unemployment in February, the latest numbers are relatively good. Economists expect to hear Friday that the nation's jobless rate stayed at 6.6 percent.
February 27, 2014 Thursday's economic news isn't great. More people applied for unemployment benefits and demand for some factory goods was down.
As the weather warms, will more signs such as this pop up? Economists say the latest data on claims for unemployment benefits may signal that better times are ahead.
February 20, 2014 Although the number of applications declined by just 3,000 last week, it appears employers have not been chopping more jobs in recent weeks. Economists say that bodes well for coming months.
February 13, 2014 The 339,000 claims for benefits filed last week marked an increase of 8,000 from the week before. Economists are hoping that once winter ends, hiring will pick up.
The scene at a Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans last month in Washington, D.C.
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February 6, 2014 Fewer Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week. But Friday's much-anticipated report on payroll growth and unemployment in January may not offer particularly good news, economists say.
January 23, 2014 There's more evidence that the housing sector has come out of its deep slump. The day's other key economic indicator: The number of people who applied for unemployment insurance barely changed last week. The pace remained near where it was before the economy slipped into its 2007-2009 recession.
The scene at a job fair in Marietta, Ga., last November.
January 16, 2014 The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.
Looking for work in Florida. At a November career fair in West Palm Beach, this man had a job application in hand.
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January 9, 2014 It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
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