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.
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.
May 23, 2013 There was more of a decline than economists expected, but the weekly pace hasn't really changed much since late 2011.
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.
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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