Oct 10, 2013 — First-time jobless claims were at 374,000 for the week ending Oct. 5, up from 308,000 the previous week.
Sep 19, 2013 — Economists thought they would hear there had been about 330,000 applications filed for unemployment insurance. Instead, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there were 309,000. Changes in two states' computer systems, however, may still be affecting the data.
Aug 22, 2013 — While 13,000 more people applied for unemployment insurance than had the week before, the trend is still better than at any time since before the last recession began in December 2007.
Jul 18, 2013 — Analysts said the numbers signaled continued recovery in the jobs market. The news — plus good news on some quarterly earning reports — sent the stock markets soaring in early trading.
May 25, 2013 — Income and wealth inequality is just about as American as baseball and apple pie. And although the economy has improved in the last few years, the unemployment rate for black Americans is about double that for whites.
May 18, 2013 — Enzo Vizcaíno looks like a busker, strumming away on his ukulele as he roams a Barcelona metro car. But he sings of his bachelor's degree and postgrad diploma. "I'm the King of Microsoft," he croons. He's not looking for a handout. He just wants a job. And his creative approach may be paying off.
May 9, 2013 — The news could be another sign that the economy's picked up enough strength to convince employers that it's OK to hold on to workers.
May 2, 2013 — There were 324,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 18,000 from the previous week's 342,000. Numbers on April's unemployment rate and job growth are due to be released Friday.
Apr 5, 2013 — Just 88,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls in March. The jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent — but only because nearly half a million fewer people were in the labor force.
Mar 21, 2013 — Economists said this means progress in the job market, mostly through a reduction in layoffs.