May 23, 2013 — There was more of a decline than economists expected, but the weekly pace hasn't really changed much since late 2011.
Apr 11, 2013 — After recent reports that were disappointing, Thursday's news was more positive. An estimated 346,000 people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 42,000 from the week before.
Mar 21, 2013 — Economists said this means progress in the job market, mostly through a reduction in layoffs.
Mar 14, 2013 — The pace of claims for unemployment insurance continues to be the lowest since January 2008. Meanwhile, higher energy costs pushed wholesale prices up sharply in February. But the upward pressure has since eased somewhat.
Feb 28, 2013 — The economy barely grew in the fourth quarter of 2012, the government now says. But that's better than what it thought before — that the economy had contracted. Meanwhile, the number of people applying for jobless benefits fell last week.
Feb 14, 2013 — The decline looks like another sign that the labor market is slowly, steadily, improving.
Jan 3, 2013 — Last year, American companies announced the fewest number of layoffs for any year since 1997. That's good news. In December, they added on 215,000 workers, according to a new survey. That's good news too. But last week more people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance.
Dec 13, 2012 — The pace of applications for unemployment insurance had accelerated after Superstorm Sandy, which threw many out of work. Now, the trend is back to a rate that signals a slowly improving labor market.
Oct 25, 2012 — The number of first-time claims remains stuck in a range between 350,000 and 400,000, though. Meanwhile, a surge in aircraft orders boosted demand for products designed to last three or more years.
Oct 11, 2012 — The four-week moving average also dropped significantly to 364,000, beating economists expectations.