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U.S. Stocks Keep Rising as S&P 500 Nears Record High

Encouraging news from the job market pushed the stock market up early Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index near its all-time high. The S&P 500 rose seven points to 1,561 -- just four points away from the high it hit in October 2007 -- before retreating marginally after 10 a.m.

Unemployment Falls to 7.7% as Employers Get Back to Hiring

U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.

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.

Initial Jobless Claims Inch Up in the New Year

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 4,000 last week, but seasonal volatility makes it difficult to get a clear picture of the labor market's health. The prior week's figure was revised to show 5,000 fewer applications than previously reported.

Initial Jobless Claims Rise, But Distorted By Holidays

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000 in the week ended Dec. 29.

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.

Stock Futures Moving Higher as Budget Talks Proceed

U.S. stock futures are moving higher on optimism over a deal on the U.S. budget ahead of a high-level meeting between the Treasury chief and Senate leaders, as well as improving unemployment and economic growth numbers.

Initial Jobless Claims Plunge as Sandy Continues to Distort Data

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply by 41,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 410,000, though the figure was elevated for the second straight week by Superstorm Sandy. But employment should rebound after the impact of the storm passes.

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.

Stock Futures Edge Up After Year's Biggest Sell-Off

U.S. stock futures are recovering a day after the largest drop on the Dow Jones industrial average this year. Trading is light ahead of the Labor Department's report on claims for unemployment benefits.

New Jobless Claims Fall Sharply to Four-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last fell sharply to the lowest level in four years, a hopeful sign for the struggling labor market, government data showed on Thursday.

Unemployment Aid Applications Rise to 386,000

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000.

Initial Jobless Claims Hit a 5-Week High

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high, evidence that the job market remains sluggish. The Labor Department said weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000.

New Unemployment Aid Applications Hold Steady

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 370,000, a number low enough to suggest steady gains in the job market. Applications for benefits are near the lowest levels in four years.

Unemployment Report Signals a Mild Slowdown in Hiring

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits suggests hiring is slowing. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for initial jobless benefits dipped last week by 2,000, but that was only after it revised the previous week's number upward by 8,000.

Initial Jobless Claims Hit 4-Year Low as Hiring Gets Stronger

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace. Weekly applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Initial Jobless Applications Hover Near Four-Year Lows

Slightly more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall initial jobless claims level stayed near last week's rate, which was the lowest in four years -- and low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening.