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.
May 3, 2012 The decline was more than economists expected and could ease fears about a stalling labor market. Friday, we'll hear about the April unemployment rate.
April 5, 2012 There were 357,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before.
March 29, 2012 The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remains at a four-year low.
March 15, 2012 At 351,000, they remain near a four-year low. The day's other economic news: wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in February.
March 1, 2012 There were 2,000 fewer first-time claims for unemployment last week than in the week before. Meanwhile, consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in January from December.