October 10, 2013 First-time jobless claims were at 374,000 for the week ending Oct. 5, up from 308,000 the previous week.
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.
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.
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.
May 18, 2013 Enzo Vizcaíno looks like a busker, strumming away on his ukulele as he roams a Barcelona metro car. But he sings of his bachelor's degree and postgrad diploma. "I'm the King of Microsoft," he croons. He's not looking for a handout. He just wants a job. And his creative approach may be paying off.
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.
March 21, 2013 Economists said this means progress in the job market, mostly through a reduction in layoffs.
September 7, 2012 Republicans cast the Labor Department report showing another month of sluggish economic growth as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed. Democrats said the recovery will take more time and that the partisan impasse in Congress has hampered progress. But analysts say the latest numbers likely won't change voters' minds.
August 30, 2012 Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County helps residents earn GEDs and develop skills to make them more employable.
July 26, 2012 The decline was a surprise. Economists say the Labor Department has been having difficulty applying "seasonal adjustments" to the figures because of changes in the timing of annual shutdowns at auto plants.
July 5, 2012 That could mean the nation's jobless rate ticked down in June. The unemployment figure is due for release on Friday.