December 27, 2012 There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That's the lowest level since March 2008. But because of the Christmas holiday, some states had to do more estimating than usual.
December 6, 2012 The pace of claims for unemployment insurance has settled back into its pre-Superstorm Sandy range. But on Friday, economists expect to hear that relatively few jobs were added to payrolls in November.
November 29, 2012 Gross domestic product grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate, the government says. Not only is that a sharp upward revision from the previous estimate, it's also growth at twice the rate of the second quarter.
November 21, 2012 The storm cost some people their jobs and forced many to delay filing their claims. The effects will likely continue to be felt for some time.
November 15, 2012 The storm threw some people onto unemployment rolls and shut down some state offices the previous week — meaning some laid-off workers couldn't file their claims until last week.
October 18, 2012 The increase put claims back in the range they've been stuck in all year. The previous week's sharp drop may have been due in part to changes in the way some seasonal changes in employment are reported.
September 20, 2012 There were 382,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, down by just 3,000 from the week before. The pace has changed little over the past year.
August 23, 2012 The 372,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance were up from 368,000 the week before.
August 16, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by just 2,000 from the week before.
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 19, 2012 Claims continue at a pace signalling that the economy is still having trouble producing jobs.
June 21, 2012 They edged down by just 2,000 from the previous week.
June 14, 2012 There were 6,000 more unemployed Americans filing for benefits last week than the week before. But inflation remained in check as gas prices plunged.
April 26, 2012 There were 388,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down just 1,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.