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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.

Wall Street Watch: Hollywood's Bean Counters Are Smiling Again

After several weeks of lackluster showings, theaters were busy last weekend. Sony's Hotel Transylvania rang up $43 million in ticket sales, making it the largest September opening -- ever. The industry hopes to keep it going this weekend, relying on familiar franchises.

Wall Street Watch Thursday: Hewlett-Packard Drops the Box

No one was expecting good news out of Hewlett-Packard's analyst day on Wednesday, but few imagined the leading PC maker would dramatically slash its near-term guidance. CEO Meg Whitman stunned investors, forecasting profitability to drop in the fiscal year that begins next month.

Initial Jobless Aid Applications Jump to 382,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 367,000 the previous week.

Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest In A Month

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to its lowest level in a month, an upbeat signal for a labor market that has struggled to create enough jobs.

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.

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.

Unemployment Claims at 352,000, Fewest Since 2008

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week to 352,000, the fewest since April 2008. The decline added to evidence that the job market is strengthening. Applications fell 50,000, the biggest drop in the seasonally adjusted figure in more than six years, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Job Concerns Soar Among Employed, Unemployed

Employee concerns about layoffs have moved sharply higher according to a new survey by online jobs company Glassdoor. The percentage of those who are worried rose sharply to 22% in the second quarter, the highest that statistic has been since the third quarter of 2009, in the heart of the recession.

Best and Worst States for Jobless Benefits

For the nearly 14 million Americans who want to work and can't find jobs, unemployment insurance is a vital lifeline. But how much help that lifeline is varies widely from state to state. 24/7 Wall St. and DailyFinance crunch the numbers to see which states are the best -- and worst -- places to be unemployed.

Consumer Sentiment Plunges as Gas Prices Surge

Bad economic news across the board is weighing on Americans' mood this month. The consumer sentiment index fell to a 5-month low in March, thanks to increases in the U.S. trade deficit, higher jobless claims, and a more than 40-cent jump in the price of a gallon of gas.

Why Weekly Jobless Claims Below 400,000 Is Key

Economists and commentators talk why initial jobless claims need to falling below the 400,000 level. But exactly why is that number significant for the U.S. economy and investors? Here's the lowdown, based on the past performance of jobless claims and economic growth.

Jobless Claims Near Three-Year Low

The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering likelihood that companies will...

Jobless Claims Fall 22,000 to 391,000

Fewer people requested unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications over the past four weeks to the lowest level in...

What's Really Ailing Employment: Lack of Demand

Many people blame America's high unemployment rate on a mismatch between workers' skills and the fields with open jobs. But it seems clear that jobs are scarce across all sectors. That means effective policies are needed to stimulate demand and rebuild economic output.

Why Jobs are Essential to the Economy

Americans who are unemployed or underemployed are three times as likely to fall behind on their bills as those who are fully employed, according to a Gallup Poll released Tuesday.

People@Work: These Days, Even Promotions Are Harder to Come By

Fresh data show that the number of promotions given to American workers has dwindled, suggesting that even those with jobs are having a tough time getting ahead. Fewer promotions are "a sign of the lingering impacts of the recession," one expert says.

Jobless Americans Rattle Asian Markets

Rising applications in the U.S. for unemployment claims sent Asian shares lower today. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index slid 0.9% and in China the Shanghai Composite Index slipped 1.3%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up 0.2%.

New Jobless Claims Increase as Holiday Jobs End

More people applied for unemployment benefits last week after retailers shed temporary holiday employees. The number of people seeking benefits jumped by 35,000 to a seasonally adjusted 445,000 for last week, the highest level since late October.

Job Growth Is Likely Next Year -- but How Much?

The good news is that economists generally expect employers to steadily add more workers in 2011, perhaps as many as 250,000 a month by year-end. However, with so many long-term unemployed returning to the market, the jobless rate could still outpace those new positions.