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.
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.
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 22, 2011 While that news points to a still sluggish economy, there's also word of another downward tick in first-time claims for jobless benefits — a welcome sign. Claims are running at their lowest level since the spring of 2008.
November 23, 2011 More mixed news in the latest economic indicators — including a slight increase in jobless claims and another decline in orders for durable goods.
November 3, 2011 At 397,000, claims were down 9,000 from the previous week. That signals some improvement in the labor market. We'll get more data Friday when the government reports on the October unemployment rate.
October 13, 2011 There were 404,000 claims submitted, vs. 405,000 the week before.
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 29, 2011 The economy's growth was slow, but slightly better than previously thought. And unemployment insurance claims dipped last week to their lowest level since early April.
September 22, 2011 They dropped by 9,000 from the previous week, but remain high.