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Articles About unemployment benefits
September 04, 2014
Here’s Where the Labor Market is Heading
The labor market appears to progressing back to health steadily. But appearances aren't everything.
August 28, 2014
If the Jobs Recovery Is ‘Real,’ Why Are Economic Fears Lingering?
Despite news that GDP grew a better-than-expected 4.2 percent in the second quarter and emerging unemployment remains low, the story of growth is complex.
August 21, 2014
Here’s Why August Job Growth Could Be Strong
If the past five weeks can be taken as the beginning of a new trend, then the weekly first time jobless claims are evidence of stabilization.
August 07, 2014
U.S. Economy: Are Falling Jobless Claims Evidence of Future Strength?
First-time applications for unemployment benefits remain near pre-recession lows.
August 04, 2014
Why Cutting Unemployment Benefits Wouldn’t Help Anyone
The Economic Policy Institute released its findings on the effect of duration cuts to unemployment benefits. The results found that it provided no benefits.
July 31, 2014
Yellen Has Labor Market Blues, But Full Employment Is as Close as 2016
When more people are employed, consumers have more cash at their disposal, meaning more money is being spent and businesses hire more employees.
July 25, 2014
Labor Market Flashback: How Did Jobless Claims Drop to 2006 Levels?
Last week, the number of Americans filing initial applications for unemployment benefits declined by 19,000 to 284,000, the fewest since February 2006.
July 10, 2014
Are Falling Jobless Claims a Sign June’s Hiring Flurry Wasn’t a Fluke?
Jobless claims -- which serve as a proxy for layoffs -- are once again trending near a seven-year low.
June 26, 2014
Decreasing Jobless Claims: Good News or Just Not Bad News?
Continuing a well-established trend, fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week.
June 19, 2014
Jobless Claims: Is No News, Good News?
Beating economists expectations, jobless claims decreased 6,000 to 312,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised 318,000.
June 06, 2014
Is the Job Market Really Back to Its 2008 Peak?
Predictions were off. May hiring did not slow as much as forecast and the unemployment rate did not budge from April’s 6.3 percent.
June 05, 2014
3 Charts to Prepare for Friday’s Jobs Report
Ahead of Friday’s Labor Department jobs report, three sources of data can provide further insight on how the labor market’s recovery progressed last month.
June 05, 2014
The Unemployment Rate Likely Jumped in May, and That’s OK
Economists expect that job creation slowed last month, and with that loss of momentum, the unemployment rate will also likely tick upward.
May 29, 2014
Job Market Inches Forward, GDP Falls: Where Is Economic Growth Headed?
U.S. GDP tells the larger story of why businesses have generally been hesitant to expand payrolls, even if layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels.
May 22, 2014
Labor Market Progress Is Anything But Dramatic; Here’s Why
The Labor Department reported Thursday that initial jobless claims rose by 28,000 applications to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 in the week ended May 17.
May 15, 2014
Jobless Claims Hit 7-Year Low, But Manufacturing Data Spooks Market
Jobs and manufacturing data from both April and May will provide further clues as to the strength of U.S. economic growth.
May 09, 2014
Democrats and GOP Blame Each Other for Weak Job Market: Who’s Right?
Key employment data, such as the monthly jobs report, is being co-opted by lawmakers for their own political purposes ahead of November’s midterm elections.
May 01, 2014
3 Charts Explaining the Health of the U.S. Economy
The fact that first-quarter gross domestic product growth amounted to just 0.1 percent has made the April jobs report much anticipated.
April 24, 2014
Here’s Why the Labor Market Should Brush Off This Jobless Claims Jump
For the second consecutive week, the labor market has been handed evidence that layoffs have been increasing.
April 17, 2014
Labor Market Steps Forward: Wages Grow and Jobless Claims Drop
Even though jobless claims rebounded, they are still in line with pre-recession levels, when about 320,000 initial claims were filed each week.
April 10, 2014
Jobs, Hiring, and Layoffs: Where Does the Labor Market Stand?
Initial applications for unemployment benefits fell close to a seven-year low last week.
April 05, 2014
5 Charts to Explain Labor Market Health
On Friday, the Department of Labor will release job creation numbers for March.
March 27, 2014
Jobless Claims Make Steady Progress, But Nothing More
What is clear is that initial claims for unemployment benefits paint a picture of a strengthening and resilient labor market.
March 14, 2014
Senators Signal an Extension of Unemployment Benefits May Be Possible
A bipartisan group of Senators has announced that a compromise has been reached to extend jobless benefits to those unemployed for five months or more.
March 13, 2014
Job Churn Is Once Again Closing in on Pre-Recession Levels
The decrease in initial jobless claims recorded last week confirms one important employment trend.
March 11, 2014
Consumers Play the Waiting Game: Warmer Weather, Higher Wages Needed
Job creation gained some momentum in February, and economists estimate that retail sales rose 0.2 percent last month.
February 27, 2014
As Yellen Said: Jobs Recovery Is Far From Complete
Initial applications for unemployment benefits rose to a one-month high in the week ended February 22.
February 20, 2014
Economist: Labor Market Will Gain Momentum This Year
Unemployment may still be high, but Fed president sees the headline unemployment rate as a positive indicator of the overall health of the labor market.
February 19, 2014
Economist: Consumer Spending Has ‘Literally Frozen’
Now, for economists and the retail sector, the question is whether spending will pick up in February.
February 06, 2014
Jobless Claims Are Dropping, But How Strong Is Hiring?
Data released by the Department of Labor showed that first-time application for unemployment benefits decreased 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 331,000.