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Entries in Unemployment Benefits (114)

Thursday
Jan102013

Jobless Claims Jump to 371K in First Week of 2013

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims rose by 4,000 last week to kick off the new year, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

For the week ending Jan. 5, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 371,000. The previous week, claims stood at 367,000.

The four-week average also went up, climbing by 6,750 to 365,750.

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Thursday
Jan032013

Jobless Claims Rise to 372K Ahead of December Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims wrapped up the month of December increasing by 10,000 last week, according to the latest figures from the Labor Department.

The agency said on Thursday that for the week ending Dec. 29, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 372,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 362,000.

The four-week average also went up, climbing by 250 to 359,750.

On Friday, Americans will get to see how the jobs market fared in December when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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Thursday
Dec272012

Jobless Claims Drop to 350,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims dropped by 12,000 the week before Christmas, according to the latest report from the Labor Department.

The agency said on Thursday that for the week ending Dec. 22, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 350,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 362,000.

The four-week average also went down, decreasing by 11,250 to 356,750.

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Thursday
Dec202012

Jobless Claims Jump to 361,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims snapped their downward streak last week, jumping by 17,000, according to the latest figures from the Labor Department.

On Thursday, the agency reported that for the week ending Dec. 15, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 361,000. The previous week, claims stood at 344,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, continued to drop, falling by 13,750 to 367,750.

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Thursday
Dec132012

Jobless Claims Fall to 343K After November Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims fell during the first week of December following a better-than-expected monthly jobs report, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

For the week ending Dec. 8, the number of people filing for benefits dropped by 29,000 to 343,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 372,000.

The four-week average also went down, decreasing by 27,000 to 381,500.

The latest figures come after the Labor Department reported last Friday that U.S. employers added 146,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, exceeding what economists has anticipated.  The unemployment rate also beat expectations, falling from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent -- the lowest level in four years.

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Thursday
Dec062012

Jobless Claims Fall to 370K Ahead of November Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to fall in the final days of November, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

For the week ending Dec. 1, the number of people filing for benefits dropped by 25,000 to 370,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 395,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, increased slightly, climbing by 2,250 to 408,000.

Americans will get to see just how big of an impact Superstorm Sandy had on the jobs market in November when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report Friday morning.

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Thursday
Nov292012

Jobless Claims Fall to 393K Following Thanksgiving

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims tumbled 23,000 during Thanksgiving week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

For the week ending Nov. 24, the number of people filing for benefits dropped to 393,000. The previous week, claims stood at 416,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, took a turn upwards, climbing 7,500 to 405,250.

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Thursday
Nov152012

Jobless Claims Soar to 439,000 in Wake of Sandy

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims sky-rocketed last week in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

For the week ending Nov. 10, the number of people filing for benefits jumped by 78,000 to 439,000 -- the highest total since April 2011.  The previous week, claims stood at 361,000.

The four-week average also went up, increasing by 11,750 to 383,750.

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Tuesday
Nov132012

Two Million Could Lose Unemployment Benefits Next Month

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Millions of Americans could be headed off their own fiscal cliff at the end of December unless Congress does something to prevent benefits from ceasing.

Currently, there are more than five million people who have been out of work for at least six months, receiving government assistance, and just over two million of them are on the verge of seeing their extended unemployment benefits disappear on Dec. 31.

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee delivered the dire report on Monday as Sandy Levin of Michigan and Lloyd Doggett of Texas urged quick action on Capitol Hill to assure the checks of jobless Americans keep coming in the New Year.

Levin warned, "Failing to act would push millions of middle-class Americans into poverty and impede our economic recovery."

Still, lawmakers might be reluctant to vote in favor of an extension, given other pressing needs, including expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts that could plunge the U.S. into another recession.

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Thursday
Nov082012

Jobless Claims Fall to 355K After October Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims dropped by 8,000 last week to kick off the month of November, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

For the week ending Nov. 3, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 355,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 363,000.

The four-week, meanwhile, went up, increasing by 3,250 to 370,500.

The figures come on the heels of the latest monthly jobs report, which found that the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October while 171,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy.

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