unemployment claims

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...