Feb 27, 2014 — Thursday's economic news isn't great. More people applied for unemployment benefits and demand for some factory goods was down.
Feb 20, 2014 — Although the number of applications declined by just 3,000 last week, it appears employers have not been chopping more jobs in recent weeks. Economists say that bodes well for coming months.
Jan 16, 2014 — The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.
Jan 9, 2014 — It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
Nov 7, 2013 — Economists thought the government would say the economy slowed. But the initial estimate shows a slight pickup from the 2.5 percent pace of the second quarter.
Jul 3, 2013 — In advance of Friday's much-anticipated June employment news, three other reports point upward.
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 18, 2013 — There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up by 4,000 from the week before. The early analysis: It's a sign that the labor market's recovery, while slow, is continuing.
Mar 7, 2013 — As many eyes turn to Friday's employment report, new data offer a somewhat conflicting picture.