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Entries in Jobless Claims (114)

Thursday
Oct112012

Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in over Four Years

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims tumbled to their lowest level since February 2008 last week following a surprising monthly jobs report, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

For the week ending Oct. 6, the number of people filing for benefits dropped by 30,000 to 339,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 369,000.

The four-week average also went down, falling by 11,500 to 364,000.

The positive figures come after the Labor Department reported last Friday that U.S. employers added 114,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, meeting economists' expectations.  

In an unexpected twist, however, the unemployment rate dipped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent, marking the first time the figure has fallen below 8 percent since January 2009.  Economists had expected to see the unemployment rate remain above 8 percent.

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Thursday
Oct042012

Jobless Claims Jump to 367,000 Ahead of September Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims jumped by 4,000 to wrap up the month of September, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

For the week ending Sept. 29, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 367,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 363,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, remained unchanged at 375,000.

Americans will get a better picture of how the jobs market fared last month when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report Friday morning.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Jobless Claims Fall to 359,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to drop last week, falling by 26,000, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Labor Department.

For the week ending Sept. 22, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 359,000. The previous week, claims stood at 385,000.

The four-week average also went down, decreasing by 4,500 to 374,000.

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Thursday
Sep132012

Jobless Claims Rise to 382K, Tropical Storm Isaac Partly to Blame

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Coming off the heels of a dismal jobs report, claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 15,000 during the first week of September, according to figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Sept. 8, the number of people filing for benefits climbed to 382,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 367,000.

The increase may be due in part to the weather.  The Labor Department noted that several states had reported increases in initial claims due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

The four-week average, meanwhile, increased by 3,250 to 375,000.

Last month's unemployment report found that U.S. employers added only 96,000 jobs in August, short of the 125,000 jobs economists had predicted.  The unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell to 8.1 percent.

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Thursday
Sep062012

Jobless Claims Fall to 365,000 Ahead of Monthly Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims dropped by 12,000 last week to wrap up the month of August, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

For the week ending Sept. 1, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 365,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 377,000.

The four-week average, however, took a slight turn upwards, rising by 250 to 371,250.

Americans will get a better grip on how the jobs market fared last month when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report Friday morning.

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Thursday
Aug302012

Jobless Claims Stay Put at 374,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After climbing twice in a row, jobless claims remained unchanged last week, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Labor Department.

For the week ending Aug. 25, the number of people filing for benefits stayed put at 374,000, the agency reported Thursday.

The four-week average, meanwhile, did move, increasing by 1,500 to 370,250.

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Thursday
Aug232012

Jobless Claims Rise to 372,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to climb last week, rising by 4,000, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Labor Department.

For the week ending Aug. 18, the government reports the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 372,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 368,000.

The four-week average also took a turn upwards, increasing by 3,750 to 368,000.

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Thursday
Aug162012

Jobless Claims Inch Up to 366,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After taking a small plunge to start the month, jobless claims inched up by 2,000 during the second week of August, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

For the week ending Aug. 11, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 366,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 364,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, dropped by 5,500 to 363,750.

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Thursday
Aug092012

Jobless Claims Drop to 361,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Coming off the heels of a mediocre jobs report, claims for unemployment benefits inched down during the first few days of August, according to the latest figures from the Labor Department.

For the week ending Aug. 4, the number of people filing for benefits dropped by 6,000 to 361,000, the agency reported Thursday.  The previous week, claims stood at 367,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, increased by 2,250 to 368,250.

Last month's unemployment report found that U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, which exceeded economists' expectations.  But the unemployment rate failed to hold steady, as was predicted, and climbed to 8.3 percent

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Thursday
Aug022012

Jobless Claims Rise to 365K Ahead of Monthly Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims wrapped up the last week of July climbing to 365,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

For the week ending July 28, the number of people filing for benefits rose by 8,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 357,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, dropped by 2,750 to 365,500.

Americans will get a full picture of how the jobs market fared in July when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report Friday morning.

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