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U.S. Jobless Claims Climb Slightly

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, which could further allay fears of a major setback in the labor market recovery.

Initial Jobless Claims Drop To 5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dipped sharply to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign for the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000 -- the largest weekly drop since February 2010.

Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 7.8 Percent

Hiring by U.S. employers slowed slightly in December, pointing to a lackluster pace of economic growth that was unable to cut further into the country's still high unemployment rate. Payrolls outside the farming sector grew by 155,000, in line with analysts' expectations.

Initial Jobless Claims Fall by 25,000 as Sandy's Effect Wanes

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a third straight week last week, but still remain too volatile to offer a clear signal on labor market conditions. Initial jobless claims dropped 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000.

Initial Jobless Claims Fall Again as Hurricane Sandy's Impact Fades

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the surge related to Hurricane Sandy, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000.

Initial Jobless Claims Jump, Hurricane Sandy Blamed

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits surged by 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, a 1.5-year high and a sign that superstorm Sandy dented the U.S. economy by leaving tens of thousands of people out of work.

Weekly Jobless Claims Fell to 355,000

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The report is a sign the labor market's slow recovery is gaining traction, although Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Northeast may have distorted the data.

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Dropped Again

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market's slow recovery was gaining traction. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000, below the median forecast in a Reuters poll of 370,000.

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Job Market Healing

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, giving a clearer sign that the labor market is healing after wild fluctuations in claims data at the beginning of the month.

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Job Market Healing

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, giving a clearer sign that the labor market is healing after wild fluctuations in claims data at the beginning of the month.

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, Technical Issues Cited

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, reversing a sharp decline in the prior week but still pointing to a labor market that is slowly healing.

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest in 4.5 Years

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according to government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market.

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week -- But Less Than Expected

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week's figure was revised up to show 4,000 more applications than previously reported.

More Bad Jobs News: Employers Posted Fewer Jobs In July

U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in July than in June, further evidence that hiring may stay weak in the coming months. Job openings fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.67 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday, down from June's 3.72 million job openings.

Jobless Claims Unchanged Last Week

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits was unchanged last week, pointing to a labor market that was treading water.

Unemployment Rate Up In 44 States In July

Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide.

Is Inflation Really 1.6%, or Is the BLS Getting Scammed?

Government measures show that inflation, at 1.6% in January, is still below the Fed's target of 2%. But commodity prices are soaring, and anyone who pays their household bills knows that food and energy prices are rising because of it. Is the Consumer Price Index getting it wrong?

What's the Real Unemployment Number?

Last week, jobs went up by a hair, but somehow, unemployment plummeted by a lot. What gives? The answer lies in the quirky way the Bureau of Labor Statistics decides who gets counted as part of the work force, who gets counted as officially unemployed, and who gets left out of the picture.

People@Work: Construction Job Growth Is Slowly Rebuilding

New forecasts show that the worst may be over for the construction industry, which was hit harder by the Great Recession than any other sector, as construction projects slowly resume. Some 27% of construction firms say they plan to add staff this year, while only 20% plan to cut jobs.

Main Street Doesn't Buy Wall Street's 'Recovery'

If stocks are rising, many Wall Street gurus take it as evidence that the economy is improving. Yet even though the S&P 500 has soared 80% from its March 2009 lows, 70% of Americans don't believe the recession is over. Is Main Street's grasp on reality firmer than Wall Street's? Let's look at the data:

As the Dollar Sinks, Prices of Essentials Soar

Intended or not, the Fed's quantitative easing policies are destroying the dollar's value. And that in turn is pushing prices of commodities that Americans need -- such as instance food, cotton and oil -- ever higher. And that hurts companies as well as consumers.