July 6, 2012 Economists had been expecting slightly better job growth. The jobless rate has been above 8 percent since February 2009. The report adds to evidence that the economy is slowing again.
June 21, 2012 They edged down by just 2,000 from the previous week.
June 7, 2012 There were 377,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 12,000 from the week before. But the number of claims for the previous week was revised up.
June 1, 2012 Economists expect to hear that a modest 150,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the jobless rate stayed at 8.1 percent. They say employers just aren't adding jobs fast enough to bring unemployment down quickly.
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.
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 6, 2012 The unemployment rate is near a three-year low and there were 1.9 million private-sector jobs added to payrolls last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
January 6, 2012 The most-anticipated story of the morning seems to be the December jobs and unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET.
December 13, 2011 Policymakers expect unemployment will continue to gradually decline and that inflation will remain in check.