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.
September 1, 2011 The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 12,000 last week from the week before, to 409,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.
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.
July 21, 2011 The increase was not expected. It underscores the lingering weakness in the labor market.
July 7, 2011 The 418,000 first-time claims was a decline of 14,000 from the previous week.
June 30, 2011 There were 428,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, a decrease of just 1,000 from the previous week, the Employment and Training Administration says.
June 23, 2011 They continue to run at a pace well above the level normally associated with a healthy economy.
June 16, 2011 The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 16,000 last week. Meanwhile, housing starts rose by 3.5 percent in May from April.