October 24, 2013 There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
October 3, 2013 A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
September 26, 2013 Both reports add to evidence that the U.S. economy continues to chug along. It's estimated that gross domestic product rose at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter. Meanwhile, claims for unemployment insurance remain near a six-year low.
September 12, 2013 Two states didn't process all their numbers because they were in the midst of computer upgrades. It's likely the figure will be revised next week, after more data are in.
August 15, 2013 Last week, 320,000 Americans applied for jobless benefits. The figure hadn't been that low since October 2007.
August 8, 2013 The 333,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance was a 1.5 percent increase from the week before. But over the past month, claims ran at the lowest pace since November 2007 — just before the start of the last recession.
July 25, 2013 While there was a small increase in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the rise was largely due to annual shutdowns for retooling at car plants. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods rose last month.
July 11, 2013 The increase — of 16,000 claims — may be mostly due to seasonal shutdowns of auto plants, which are retooling.
June 13, 2013 There were fewer people applying for unemployment insurance last week. And in May, consumers spent more — particularly on cars.
May 30, 2013 Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reports. At one point, economists thought growth was closer to 3 percent in the first three months of the year.
April 25, 2013 While the news is a positive sign, employers still seem to be reluctant to add many new jobs to their payrolls.
April 4, 2013 There have been several signs in recent days that job growth eased in March. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics adds its data. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7.7 percent, while employers added a relatively modest 200,000 jobs to their payrolls.
January 24, 2013 There were 330,000 first-time claims for benefits last week, down 5,000 from the week before. That means applications remain at the lowest level since January 2008.
January 17, 2013 The day's economic news is on the positive side: 37,000 fewer people filed claims for unemployment benefits last week; and home construction surged in December and last year.
November 8, 2012 Some of those who were out of work may not have been able to file claims, however, because of the damage the storm inflicted on parts of New Jersey, New York and surrounding states.