Dec 12, 2013 — Officials say it's difficult to account for shifts caused by factors related to the holidays and separate them from the trends more closely linked to the economy's underlying strengths and weaknesses.
Nov 21, 2013 — Fresh data signal that the labor market is at least holding steady and that inflation remains in check. In other major economic news Thursday, Janet Yellen's nomination to head the Federal Reserve is expected to be OK'd by the Senate Banking Committee.
Oct 24, 2013 — There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
Oct 3, 2013 — A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
Sep 26, 2013 — Both reports add to evidence that the U.S. economy continues to chug along. It's estimated that gross domestic product rose at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter. Meanwhile, claims for unemployment insurance remain near a six-year low.
Sep 12, 2013 — Two states didn't process all their numbers because they were in the midst of computer upgrades. It's likely the figure will be revised next week, after more data are in.
Aug 15, 2013 — Last week, 320,000 Americans applied for jobless benefits. The figure hadn't been that low since October 2007.
Aug 8, 2013 — The 333,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance was a 1.5 percent increase from the week before. But over the past month, claims ran at the lowest pace since November 2007 — just before the start of the last recession.
Jul 25, 2013 — While there was a small increase in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the rise was largely due to annual shutdowns for retooling at car plants. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods rose last month.
Jul 11, 2013 — The increase — of 16,000 claims — may be mostly due to seasonal shutdowns of auto plants, which are retooling.