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Articles About unemployment rate
February 03, 2016
A Reason to Feel Good: Economic ‘Misery Index’ Is Lowest in Decades
It's tough to be too optimistic in today's economy, but by one measure, we're doing pretty well. The 'misery index' is the lowest it's been since the 50s.
December 08, 2015
5 Reasons Why You Can’t Find a Job
If you're a struggling job seeker, it can be hard to wrap your head around where you've gone wrong. Here's why you've had so much trouble getting leads.
July 09, 2015
Why More Jobs Could Come Back From Overseas
After years of manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas, the U.S. is finally seeing some return. What does that means for you, and your job search?
June 05, 2015
Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.9% as 151,000 Jobs Added
Through the month of January, the U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs, which kept the unemployment rate at a healthy 5.7%.
May 27, 2015
The One Big Economic Problem That No One Is Talking About
Though Americans have gotten back to work as the economy has found its footing, a new problem looms: these jobs aren't secure.
May 19, 2015
Want to Feel Safe? Move to a City with Low Unemployment
Most of the top 10 cities where people felt least safe had rates of unemployment above the national average of 5.4% and high rates of poverty.
May 11, 2015
How Low Can Unemployment Really Go With Obama in Office?
Analyst projections have the unemployment rate dropping considerably lower over the next six months. That's the sign of a healthy economy, right?
April 02, 2015
The One Major Problem With the Economic Recovery
The headline unemployment rate -- the share of jobless Americans that are actively working -- has fallen to its lowest level since the middle of 2008.
March 20, 2015
Is a College Degree Worth It These Days?
Despite a weak economy struggling to support the influx of college graduates in the workforce, 2014 employment numbers are more promising.
February 19, 2015
Government’s Poor Urban Planning Is Probably Costing You Money
New research proves what many have always thought: urban sprawl, coupled with bad public transportation systems, only increase unemployment levels.
December 15, 2014
Half of Americans Are Still Too Broke to Make Major Purchases
Although food and gas prices are leveling out, half of Americans still can't afford to make large purchases, and around 30% can't afford to cover their needs.
September 05, 2014
Jobs Friday Brings Bad News, But the Labor Market Will Be Ok
Sometimes economists grossly overestimate. Friday’s jobs report from the Department of Labor took analysts by surprise.
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 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 14, 2014
Jobless Claims: Despite Increase, Labor Market Is ‘Having Lift-Off’
Last week's modest uptick in jobless claims is not surprising, nor alarming.
August 01, 2014
July Job Creation Slows, But Is Economy Doing What It’s Supposed to?
Is the U.S. economy “doing what it should” by creating more than 200,000 jobs -- a level considered to be an important benchmark of economic health?
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.
July 03, 2014
Here’s Why the Labor Market’s Baby Steps Made Investors Cheer
In many ways, the Department of Labor’s June Employment Situation Report was proof that the underlying trends in the U.S. labor market are strengthening.
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 12, 2014
Jobless Claims Rise, But Is the Economy Doing Better Than You Think?
With the release of the Department of Labor’s May Employment Situation Report, another month of labor market progress was put on display.
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 16, 2014
Consumer Sentiment: We Need Income Growth
While certain aspects of the economy are showing signs of improvement, consumer sentiment declined this month as income growth remains depressed.
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.