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Jobless Claims Fall to Two-Month Low

Initial jobless claims fell 3,000 to 450,000 in the week ending Sept. 11. The revised figure for the previous week was 453,000 The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, fell 13,500 to 464,750 the Department of Labor said. The revised average for the previous week was 478,250.

Could Congress Eliminate the Federal Budget Deficit?

The annual U.S. budget deficit is well over a trillion dollars, and in the long term, that's unsustainable. But a closer look at the sources of most of that gap shows that balancing the budget wouldn't be nearly as hard as it might at first appear.

Obama's Business-Friendly Proposals Aim to Quiet His Critics

Recognizing that voters are worried about the economy, President Obama is offering an olive branch to his critics with a $50 billion infrastructure plan and a deal to make the R&D tax credit permanent. Conservatives say it's too little too late, but the game is far from over for the Democrats.

Is this the Era of an Economically Irrelevant America?

There are people around the world rubbing their hands with glee at America's supposed collapse, pundits who say this nation is so bankrupt that it has become irrelevant. But author, venture capitalist and DailyFinance columnist Peter Cohan says don't write America's obituary just yet.

Initial Jobless Claims Fall 31,000 to 473,000

Initial jobless claims fell 31,000 to 473,000 in the week ending Aug. 21. The revised figure for the previous week was 504,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, rose by 3,250 to 486,750, the Department of Labor said. The revised average for the previous week was 483,500.

Homebuilder Confidence Falls to a 17-Month Low

The U.S. housing sector took another hit this month as homebuilder sentiment unexpectedly fell to 13 in August from 14 in July. The measure has been drifting lower since the federal homebuyers tax credit expired this spring.

Initial Jobless Claims Rise 19,000 to 479,000

Initial jobless claims rose 19,000 to 479,000 in the week ending July 31. The revised figure for the previous week was 460,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, rose 5,250 to 458,500. The revised average for the previous week was 453,250, the Department of Labor said in a statement.

Initial Jobless Claims Rise 37,000 to 464,000

Initial jobless claims rose 37,000 to 464,0000 in the week ending July 17. The revised figure for the previous week was 427,000. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, rose 1,250 to 456,000. The revised average for the previous week was 454,750, the Department of Labor said in a statement.

Jobless and Angry: The Politics of Unemployment

As the ranks of independent voters are swelling, a Gallup analysis for DailyFinance reveals that in the last six months, a higher percentage of jobless voters identified themselves as independent than Democrat or Republican at least half of the time. Incumbents, be warned.

Homebuilders Losing Faith as Tax Credit Ends

The U.S. real estate market recorded another setback in July: The National Association of Home Builders reported that its Housing Market Index fell to 14 from 16 in June, with builder confidence waning and sales dipping after the expiration of the federal home-buyers tax credit.

Initial Jobless Claims Fell to 429,000 in Week Ending July 10

The number of Americans filing initial claims for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 to 429,000 in the week ending July 10. The four-week moving average, a clearer measure of unemployment trends, fell to 455,250, from a revised figure of 467,000 a week earlier, the Department of Labor said in a statement.

Do Unemployment Benefits Boost the Economy?

As lawmakers battle over proposals to extend unemployment benefits for long-term jobless workers, economists on both sides weigh in on whether that's an effective way to help get the economy back on track.

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Drop Slightly to 454,000

Initial jobless claims fell 21,000 to 454,000 in the week ended July 3, suggesting that recovery in the labor market remains sluggish. The revised figure for the previous week was 475,000. The four-week average of initial claims, a clearer measure of employment trends, dropped 1,250 to 466,000, the Department of Labor said on its website.

Initial Jobless Claims Rise, Suggesting Slower Recovery

The number of Americans submitting first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 13,000 to 472,000 last week, suggesting the economic recovery may be decelerating. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a decline in claims to 455,000.

Oil Slumps Below $80

Concerns over the U.S. jobless rate, Europe's economy and lower energy demands combined to push oil prices below $80 a barrel on Thursday.

Freelance Nation: Why Good Jobs May Not Come Back

Many of the jobs that have been lost in the recession are unlikely to come back. Those that do are more likely to be freelance, temporary or contract positions rather than permanent jobs with benefits. Technology, off-shoring and the disappearance of bubble-era jobs are all to blame.

Weekly jobless claims hold steady

More modest progress on the employment front, as initial jobless claims were unchanged at 505,000 for the week ending November 14, but continuing...