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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.
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.
May 17, 2012 There were 370,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, the same number as during the week before. That could be a sign the labor market is stabilizing.
April 26, 2012 There were 388,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down just 1,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.
April 5, 2012 There were 357,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before.
March 22, 2012 At 348,000, the number of claims remained at the lowest level in four years. It's another sign of hope for the labor market.
March 8, 2012 At 362,000, the number of claims remains near a four-year low, however.
February 23, 2012 Economists thought there might have been a slight increase. Instead, it's another sign of a healthier labor market.
February 2, 2012 First-time applications for unemployment insurance are running at the lowest pace since mid-2008. On Friday, the government will report on the January unemployment rate.
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.
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 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 17, 2011 There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week.
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 22, 2011 They dropped by 9,000 from the previous week, but remain high.
August 25, 2011 While the number rose by 5,000, about 8,500 claims were made by striking workers who have since gone back to work.
April 7, 2011 The third decline in four weeks is another sign that the labor market may be firming.
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