April 11, 2013 After recent reports that were disappointing, Thursday's news was more positive. An estimated 346,000 people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 42,000 from the week before.
March 21, 2013 Economists said this means progress in the job market, mostly through a reduction in layoffs.
March 14, 2013 The pace of claims for unemployment insurance continues to be the lowest since January 2008. Meanwhile, higher energy costs pushed wholesale prices up sharply in February. But the upward pressure has since eased somewhat.
February 28, 2013 The economy barely grew in the fourth quarter of 2012, the government now says. But that's better than what it thought before — that the economy had contracted. Meanwhile, the number of people applying for jobless benefits fell last week.
February 14, 2013 The decline looks like another sign that the labor market is slowly, steadily, improving.
January 3, 2013 Last year, American companies announced the fewest number of layoffs for any year since 1997. That's good news. In December, they added on 215,000 workers, according to a new survey. That's good news too. But last week more people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance.
December 13, 2012 The pace of applications for unemployment insurance had accelerated after Superstorm Sandy, which threw many out of work. Now, the trend is back to a rate that signals a slowly improving labor market.
October 25, 2012 The number of first-time claims remains stuck in a range between 350,000 and 400,000, though. Meanwhile, a surge in aircraft orders boosted demand for products designed to last three or more years.
October 11, 2012 The four-week moving average also dropped significantly to 364,000, beating economists expectations.
August 30, 2012 The numbers mean that the economic recovery continues to be sluggish.
August 9, 2012 They've been another indicator of modest, at best, improvement in the labor market.
June 28, 2012 Neither of today's economic reports change the picture. They add to evidence of sluggish growth.
May 24, 2012 The good news: The data suggest some job growth. The bad news: Business investment in equipment looks weak.
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.