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.
April 12, 2012 There were 380,000 first-time claims, the most in a single week since January. It's another sign that the labor market's rebound may be slowing.
March 22, 2012 At 348,000, the number of claims remained at the lowest level in four years. It's another sign of hope for the labor market.
March 8, 2012 At 362,000, the number of claims remains near a four-year low, however.
February 9, 2012 At 358,000, first-time claims for unemployment insurance were the lowest they've been since March 2008. The report is the latest of several recent signs that the labor market is gaining some strength.
January 19, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.