unemployment claims

Health Coverage for Jobless Extended

Congress gave recently laid-off workers a holiday gift of sorts by extending a subsidy to help them pay health-insurance premiums. The provision extends the 65% subsidy for six months, for a total of 15 months, and expands eligibility for the program for two more months -- through February 2010.

Mixed News on Jobs Market

Just call it a mixed-progress week on the employment front. Initial jobless claims rose 17,000 to 474,000 for the week ending Dec. 5, but continuing claims plunged another 303,000 to 5.16 million, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.

Layoffs hitting West the worst

If you live in the West, you may already know this fact, if not being familiar with its effects: The West had the highest number of initial claims...