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December 18, 2014

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Little-Changed

Washington (AFP) – New U.S. claims for unemployment insurance benefits were little-changed last week from the previous period, suggesting still only modest tightening in the jobs market so far this year. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled 312,000 in the week ending June 21, […]

June 26, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall

Washington (AFP) – New U.S. claims for unemployment insurance benefits fell last week, continuing to point to a downward trend in job losses, official data released Thursday showed. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims fell by 6,000 to 312,000 in the week ending June 14, following three straight weeks of gains. The previous week’s […]

June 19, 2014

Economic Growth Slows To A Crawl In First Quarter

By Don Leem, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The American economy barely grew in the first quarter as the harsh winter weather appears to have knocked business investment and other activity even harder than previously thought. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy expanded at a mere 0.1 percent annual pace in the first three […]

April 30, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Tumble To Seven-Year Low

Washington (AFP) – New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits tumbled last week to the lowest level in seven years, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled a seasonally adjusted 300,000 in the week ending April 5, a decrease of 32,000 from the previous week’s upwardly […]

April 10, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall

Washington (AFP) — First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, adding to signs of a firming jobs market, government data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled 311,000 in the week of March 22, down from 321,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. The four-week moving […]

March 27, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop Sharply To 323,000 As Layoffs Ease

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims fell sharply last week to their lowest level in three months, the Labor Department said Thursday, as a private report showed layoffs eased in February. About 323,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ending Saturday, down from 349,000 the previous week, the […]

March 6, 2014