Apr 10, 2014 — There were 300,000 applications filed last week. That's the fewest since May 2007. Economists say the data are another sign that the labor market is gaining some strength.
Mar 27, 2014 — The news about both last quarter and last week is positive. Fewer people signed up for unemployment insurance last week, and consumer spending was stronger than previously thought in late 2013.
Mar 13, 2014 — There were 315,000 new applications for unemployment insurance filed last week, down 9,000 from the week before. It's the latest sign that the labor market is gaining some strength.
Feb 6, 2014 — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week. But Friday's much-anticipated report on payroll growth and unemployment in January may not offer particularly good news, economists say.
Dec 5, 2013 — U.S. real gross domestic product rose from a 2.5 percent gain in the second quarter. And the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell to 298,000 last week.
Nov 27, 2013 — Fewer Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week. But fewer orders were placed for equipment and other so-called durable goods in October.
Oct 31, 2013 — Though claims dropped by 10,000, they're still running at a pace that signals a sluggish labor market.
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.
Sep 5, 2013 — An employment survey shows 176,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls. The increase was less than July's estimated 198,000 gain. Meanwhile, the number of first-time claims for jobless benefits dipped last week and remain near a five-year low.
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.