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Weekly Jobless Claims Dip to Near 5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, suggesting a strengthening in job gains in August after a slight pullback the prior month.

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, Blizzard Cited

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but still remained at levels consistent with a steady improvement in labor market conditions. Initial jobless claims increased 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the Labor Department said.

Fiscal Cliff Averted: Details of the Deal

An agreement was reached late Monday between the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell aimed at averting the fiscal cliff. Early Tuesday morning, the Senate passed the bill, and late Tuesday night, so did the House. Let's break down the key points of the deal.

Details of 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Said to Emerge

Working against a midnight deadline, negotiators for the White House and congressional Republicans in Congress narrowed their differences Monday on legislation to avert across-the-board tax increases.

U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Fall to 5-Year Low

The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 in the week ended Dec. 22. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.

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.