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6/12/2016: in June of 2016 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the labor participation rate has dwindled further expanding the gap with the pre-recession level. It is now 3.6% lower than in 2008 signifying 9 million Americans have completely vanished from the workforce. This number includes the sick as well as others no longer actively looking for work. The new number of unemployment benefit claims decreased by 4,000 last week, to reach a total of 264,000 due to employment gains in CA, GA, and MO mostly due to seasonal jobs in the Service industry. The four-week moving average decreased by 7,500, to reach 269,500. Insured unemployment fell by 77,000 to reach 2.1 million.

6/05/2016: in June of 2016 : May's national unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% mostly due to contract and temporary jobs, while long-term unemployment situation hasn't improved. The US economy added a total of 38,000 new jobs in Healthcare offset by job losses in Mining. The real unemployment rate improved by 0.2% to 8.4%. The labor participation rate dropped by 0.2% to 62.6%. The weekly claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000, to reach 267,000. The four-week moving average fell by 1,750, to reach 276,750. Insured unemployment increased by 12,000 to reach 2.17 million.



5/29/2016: in May of 2016 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the new number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 10,000 last week, to reach a total of 268,000. Job gains took place in MI, CA, and MO in Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Transportation with average wages in low $20's per hour, offset by job losses in TN. The four-week moving average increased by 2,750, to reach 278,500. Insured unemployment rose by 10,000 to reach 2.16 million.

5/22/2016: in May of 2016 : Reported by the U.S. Labor Statistics Department, the new number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 16,000 for the week ended May 14, to reach a total of 278,000 mainly due to unrealized unemployment benefits for striking NY-based Verizon workers. The four-week moving average increased by 7,500, to reach 275,750. Insured unemployment fell by 13,000 to reach 2.15 million.

5/15/2016: in May of 2016 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the new number of unemployment benefits claims increased by 20,000 last week, to reach a total of 294,000 due to job losses in NY, PA, and MI mostly due to a 40,000-employee strike at NY-based Verizon. The four-week moving average increased by 10,250, to reach 268,250. Insured unemployment rose by 37,000 to reach 2.16 million.

5/8/2016: in May of 2016 : April's national unemployment rate remains flat at 5.0%. The US economy added a total of 160,000 new jobs. The real unemployment rate hasn't improved since November of 2015 and remains flat at 8.6%. The labor participation rate dropped by 0.2% to 62.8%. The number of weekly claims for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000, to reach 274,000 mainly due to job losses in MI, OH, and KS. The four-week moving average rose by 2,000, to reach 258,000. Insured unemployment fell by 8,000 to 2.12 million.

5/1/2016: in May of 2016 : Reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the new number of unemployment benefits claims increased by 9,000 last week, to reach 257,000 mainly due to job losses in IL, MA, and RI across multiple industries, including Financial Services, Information Technology, and Education. The four-week moving average decreased by 4,750, to reach 256,000 - the lowest level since 1973. Insured unemployment fell by 5,000 to reach 2.13 million.

4/24/2016: in April of 2016 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the new number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 6,000 last week, to reach a total of 247,000 mainly due to job gains in NJ, NY and WI in Transportation, Warehousing, and Public Administration. The four-week moving average decreased by 4,500, to reach 260,500. Insured unemployment fell by 39,000 to reach 2.14 million - the lowest level since November 2000.



4/17/2016: in April of 2016 : This week marks the single longest stretch since 1973 of 58 sequential weeks of initial claims under 300,000, though there are 13.7 million unemployed Americans (or 8.6%) who are looking for a job, but unable to find one. The updated number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 13,000 last week, to reach a total of 253,000 mainly due to job gains in CA and AR in services partially offset by job losses in NY, NJ, and PR in Transportation, Education, and Warehousing. The four-week moving average decreased by 1,500, to reach 265,000. Insured unemployment fell by 18,000 to reach 2.17 million.

4/10/2016: in April of 2016 : Reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, average wages grew 0.3% month-over-month. The new number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 9,000 last week, to reach a total of 267,000 due to job gains in CA, PA, and NJ in Transportation, Accommodation, and Food Services. The four-week moving average increased by 3,500, to reach 266,750. Insured unemployment increased by 19,000 to reach 2.19 million.

4/3/2016: in April of 2016 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, March's national unemployment rate increased to 5.0%. Employers added 215,000 new jobs. The real unemployment rate remained flat at 8.6%. The number of new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 11,000 last week, to reach a total of 276,000. The four-week moving average increased by 3,500, to reach 263,250. Insured unemployment decreased by 7,000 to reach 2.17 million.

3/27/2016: in March of 2016 : Reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 6,000 last week, to reach a total of 265,000 due to job gains in IL, NY, and NJ in Health Care, Social Assistance, and Administrative industries. The four-week moving average increased by 250, to reach 259,750. Insured unemployment decreased by 39,000 to reach 2.18 million.

3/20/2016: in March of 2016 : This week signifies a single longest stretch since 1973 of 54 consecutive weeks of initial claims under 300,000. The new number of initial unemployment benefit claims increased by 7,000 last week, to reach a total of 265,000 mostly due to job losses in CA and WA across multiple industries offset by job gains in NY, NJ, and IL. The 4-week moving average increased by 750, to reach 268,000. Insured unemployment rose by 8,000 to reach 2.24 million.

3/13/2016: in March of 2016 : Reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, February's real national unemployment rate is at 8.6% (a decrease of 0.1% from January) and 1.3% higher than pre-recession level. The new number of unemployment benefits claims fell by 18,000 last week, to reach a total of 259,000 due to job gains in NY in Transportation and Warehousing. The four-week moving average decreased by 2,500, to reach 267,500. Insured unemployment fell by 32,000 to reach 2.23 million.

3/3/2016: in March of 2016 : February's national unemployment rate remains flat at 4.9%. Reported by the US Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 6,000 last week, to reach a total of 278,000 mostly due to job losses in NY and CA, partially offset by job gains in the MA. The four-week moving average decreased by 1,750, to reach 272,000. Insured unemployment increased by 3,000 to reach 2.26 million.

2/28/2016: in February of 2016 : Published by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new unemployment benefits claims increased by 10,000, to reach a total of 272,000. Most of the new jobs were added in CA, NY, and MI, offset by the job losses in MA. The 4-week moving average declined by 1,250, to reach 272,000. Insured unemployment fell by 19,000 to reach 2.25 million. While the official unemployment rate is 4.9%, the real unemployment rate (includes long-term unemployed who no longer qualify for benefits) is at 8.7%.

2/21/2016: in February of 2016 : Reported by the Labor Statistic Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 7,000 last week, to reach a total of 262,000. Most of the new jobs were created in PA, IL, and TX. The highest unemployment rates are in AK, WV, and NJ. The four-week moving average decreased by 8,000, to reach 273,250. Insured unemployment increased by 30,000 to reach 2.27 million. There are currently no states eligible for extended benefits.

2/15/2016: in February of 2016 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 16,000 last week, to reach a total of 269,000. IL, TN, and MD produced most of the new jobs across multiple industries. The four-week moving average decreased by 3,500, to reach 281,250. Insured unemployment dropped by 21,000 to reach 2.24 million. The long-term unemployment rate remains high at 1.3% of the total labor force.

2/7/2016: in February of 2016 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, January's national unemployment rate declined to 4.9%, the lowest level since February 2008. The number of new unemployment benefit claims increased by 8,000 last week, to reach a total of 285,000 due to job losses in IL, PA, and TN. The four-week moving average rose by 2,000, to reach 284,750. Insured unemployment decreased by 18,000 to reach 2.26 million.



1/31/2016: in January of 2016 : Reported by the US Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 16,000 last week, to reach a total of 278,000 due to job gains in NY, PA, and GA in Transportation, Warehousing, and Manufacturing, partially offset by layoffs in the CA Service industry. The four-week moving average decreased by 2,250, to reach 283,000. Insured unemployment increased by 49,000 to reach 2.27 million. Preliminary January's national unemployment rate remains flat at 5%.

1/24/2016: in January of 2016 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 10,000 last week, to reach a total of 293,000. CA, TX, and NY produced for most of the job losses mainly in the agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation industries. The four-week moving average increased by 6,500, to reach 285,000. Insured unemployment dropped by 56,000 to reach 2.21 million.

1/17/2016: in January of 2016 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 7,000 last week, to reach a total of 284,000. NY, GA, and PA are responsible for most of the job losses in the transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries. The four-week moving average increased by 3,000, to reach 278,750. Insured unemployment increased by 29,000 to reach 2.26 million.

1/8/2016: in January of 2016 : Published today by the Department of Labor Statistics, the December unemployment rate remained steady at 5.0%. The new number of unemployment benefit claims decreased by 10,000 last week (mostly in CA, TX, and FL in the Service and Agriculture industries), to reach a total of 277,000. The four-week moving average declined by 1,250, to reach 275,750. Insured unemployment grew by 25,000 to reach 2.23 million.

1/2/2016: in January of 2016 : Published by the Labor Statistics Department, the new number of unemployment benefits claims increased by 20,000 last week (NJ by 7,000, MI by 6,000 and KY by 5,500), to reach a total of 287,000. The four-week moving average rose by 4,500 and now at 277,500. Insured unemployment grew by 3,000 to reach 2.2 million. The preliminary national unemployment rate for December is at 4.9%.

12/27/2015: in December of 2015 : Announced by the Labor Statistics Department, the number of new unemployment benefits claims decreased by 5,000 last week, to reach a total of 267,000. The four-week moving average declined by 1,750, to reach 272,500. Insured unemployment fell by 47,000 to reach 2.238 million. Most of the decrease in unemployment came from NY, PA, WI and GA with Transportation and Warehousing leading the change.

12/20/2015: in December of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 11,000 last week (CA, NY, PA and TX are the major contributors), to reach a total of 271,000. The four-week moving average declined by 250, to reach 270,500. Insured unemployment decreased by 7,000 to reach 2.24 million.

12/13/2015: in December of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 13,000 last week, to reach a total of 282,000. WI, OH, and KY lost 9,000 jobs. The four-week moving average grew by 1,500, to reach 270,750. Insured unemployment rose by 82,000 to reach 2.24 million.

12/5/2015: in December of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, November's unemployment rate is steady at 5.0% with 211,000 new jobs in the economy and improved 62.5% labor force participation rate, although the long-term unemployment situation hasn't improved since June. Last week, the number of new applications for unemployment benefits increased by 9,000, to reach a total of 269,000. The four-week moving average rose by 1,750, to reach 269,250. Insured unemployment rose by 6,000 to reach 2.16 million.

11/29/2015: in November of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the preliminary unemployment rate remains 5%, while the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 12,000 last week, to reach a total of 260,000. TX, KS, and NJ added most of the new jobs. The four-week moving average increased by 3,250, to reach 271,000. Insured unemployment rose by 34,000 to reach 2.21 million.

11/22/2015: in November of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 5,000 last week, to reach a total of 271,000. TX and NJ outpaced all other states and created 3.3 and 2.1 thousand jobs while senators from MN attempted to extend the unemployment benefits. The four-week moving average increased by 3,000, to reach 270,750. Insured unemployment rose by 2,000 to reach 2.18 million.

11/15/2015: in November of 2015 : Reported by the US Labor Statistics Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits remained unchanged 276,000 last week. MI lost nearly 4,000 jobs in manufacturing followed by CA with 2,200 and IL with 1,800 jobs lost in construction and manufacturing industries. The four-week moving average increased by 5,000, to reach 267,750. Insured unemployment rose by 5,000 to reach 2.17 million.

11/8/2015: in November of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, October's unemployment rate decreased to 5.0%, while the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 16,000 last week, to reach a total of 276,000. CA, NY, PA, and NJ are responsible for the majority of the job losses across multiple industries. The four-week moving average increased by 3,500, to reach 262,750. Insured unemployment increased by 17,000 to reach 2.16 million. After a slight decrease in September, the long-term unemployment rate is up again.

11/1/2015: in November of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by one thousand last week, to reach a total of 260,000. SC and MI lost 4,500 jobs while PA and TX added 6,500. The four-week moving average decreased by 4,000, to reach 259,250, the lowest level since December 1973 when it was 256,750. Insured unemployment declined by 6,000 to reach 2.14 million, the lowest level since November 2000 when it was 2.11 million.

10/25/2015: in October of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 last week, to reach a total of 259,000. TX, NY, and PA were the leaders of job losses with 7,000 hike across multiple industries. The four-week moving average decreased by 2,000, to reach 263,250, the lowest level since December 1973. Insured unemployment increased by 6,000 to reach 2.17 million. Short-term unemployment is on the rise with no improvements in the long-term unemployment rate.

10/18/2015: in October of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the total number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 7,000 last week, to reach a total of 255,000. MI and NY added 4,000 jobs in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing. The four-week moving average decreased by 2,250, to reach 265,000, the lowest level since December 1973 when it was 256,750. Insured unemployment decreased by 50,000 to reach 2,158 thousand, the lowest since November 2000.

10/11/2015: in October of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the total number of unemployment benefits claims decreased by 13,000 last week, to reach a total of 263,000. MI was the only state that lost jobs during this week. The four-week moving average decreased by 3,000, to reach 267,500. Insured unemployment increased by 9,000 to reach 2,204 thousand.

10/4/2015: in October of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, September's unemployment rate remained flat at 5.1%. The number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 10,000 last week, to reach a total of 277,000. Most of the job losses took place in CA, KS, TX, and NY. The four-week moving average decreased by 1,000, to reach 270,750. Insured unemployment fell by 53,000 to reach 2.191 million, the lowest level since November 2000.

9/27/2015: in September of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 last week, to reach a total of 267,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 750, to reach 271,750. Insured unemployment fell by 1,000 to reach 2.242 million. CA, TX, and NY led the improvement in employment figures by adding 12,000 new jobs in total. During this week, for the first time in almost seven years, all states reported a net positive increase in total jobs.

9/20/2015: in September of 2015 : Published by the Labor Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 11,000 last week, to reach a total of 264,000. The four-week moving average increased by 3,250, to reach 272,500. Insured unemployment decreased by 26,000 to reach 2.24 million. NY created a significant 4,000 new jobs and outperformed the rest of the country for the second consecutive week. WA and TX lost nearly 2,500 jobs in manufacturing and construction.

9/13/2015: in September of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 6,000 last week, to reach a total of 275,000. The four-week moving average increased by 500, to reach 275,750. Insured unemployment increased by 1,000 to reach 2.26 million. The economy performed better in NY and OH adding 6,000 new jobs while PA and CA lost 3,000 jobs.

9/5/2015: in September of 2015 : Last week`s number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 11,000, to reach a total of 281,000. The four-week moving average rose by 3 thousand, to reach 275,250. Insured unemployment decreased by 7,000 to reach 2.259 million. There are no specific factors or geographies contributing to this change.

8/29/2015: in August of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 6,000 last week, to reach a total of 271,000. The four-week moving average increased by 1,000, to reach 272,500. Insured unemployment increased by 13 thousand to reach 2.269 million. There are no specific factors or geographies contributing to this change.

8/16/2015: in August of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 5,000 last week, to reach a total of 274,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 1,750, to reach 266,250 - the lowest unemployment average since April of 2000. Insured unemployment rose by 15 thousand to reach 2.273 million, with the highest job losses in VA manufacturing. CA, TN, and NY experienced fewer layoffs in services and health care.

8/9/2015: in August of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, July's unemployment rate is at 5.3%, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 last week, to reach a total of 270,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 6,500, to reach 268,250. Insured unemployment declined by 14 thousand to reach 2.255 million. There was a significant decrease in layoffs in MI, CA, GA and NY in manufacturing and service industries.

7/26/2015: in July of 2015 : Published by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 15,000 last week, to reach a total of 281,000. The four-week moving average increased by 3,250, to reach 282,500. Insured unemployment decreased by 112 thousand to reach 2,215 thousand. MI, NY, and CA lost the most jobs while NJ created more jobs than any other state.

7/20/2015: in July of 2015 : Published by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 15,000 last week, to reach a total of 281,000. The four-week moving average increased by 3,250, to reach 282,500. Insured unemployment decreased by 112 thousand to reach 2,215 thousand. MI, NY, and CA lost the most jobs while NJ created more jobs than any other state.

7/12/2015: in July of 2015 : Released by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 15,000 last week, to reach a total of 297,000 with most of job losses in NJ, MA, CA, and CT in education and service industries. The four-week moving average expanded by 4,500, to reach 279,500. Insured unemployment increased by 69 thousand to reach 2,334 thousand, the highest increase since November 2014.

7/7/2015: in July of 2015 : As announced today by the Department of Labor Statistics, June's national unemployment rate is at 5.3%. This 0.2% decrease from May's figure is mostly due to 0.3% (or 432,000 individuals) contraction in the labor force participation rate to 62.6%. Professional, business services and health care were identified as primary drivers behind the increase of 223,000 in the employed population.

7/2/2015: in July of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 10,000 last week, to reach a total of 281,000. The four-week moving average rose by 1,000, to reach 274,750. Insured unemployment increased by 15 thousand to reach 2,264 thousand.

6/30/2015: in June of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 last week, to reach a total of 271,000. The four-week moving average declined by 3,250, to reach 273,750. Insured unemployment increased by 22 thousand to reach 2,247 thousand.

6/21/2015: in June of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 12,000 last week, to reach a total of 267,000. The four-week moving average declined by 2,000, to reach 276,750. Insured unemployment dropped by 50 thousand to reach 2,222 thousand.

6/17/2015: in June of 2015 : Improving unemployment claims figures and a 15-year low unemployment rate are not the best indicators of the health of the labor market. In fact, the insights they provide are inadequate to determine why unemployed individuals may no longer be in the labor force. For example, 6.5 million of US unemployed are still looking for jobs but no longer considered part of the 5.5% May unemployment rate. Continue reading

6/14/2015: in June of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 2,000 last week, to reach a total of 279,000. The four-week moving average rose by 3,750, to reach 278,750. Insured unemployment increased by 61 thousand to reach 2,265 thousand. Over the year, the total number of long-term unemployed decreased by 849,000 to 2.4 million, the Labor force participation rate slightly rose to 62.9%, and employment to population ratio increased by 0.5% to 59.4%.

6/7/2015: in June of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 8,000 last week, to reach a total of 276,000. The four-week moving average increased by 2,750, to reach 274,750. Insured unemployment dropped by 30 thousand to reach 2,196 thousand.

6/1/2015: in June of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, unemployment claims increased by 7,000 last week to reach a total of 282,000. The moving average for four-weeks rose by 5,000 to reach a total of 271,500. Insured unemployment increased by 11 thousand to reach 2,222 thousand.

5/26/2015: in May of 2015 : While over 50% of all low-end jobs at Fortune 500 companies are occupied by women, only 1 out of 7 corporate board and executive roles are held by women. Women are also more pre-disposed to get trapped in low-paying jobs than their male counterparts. Here are some answers. Continue reading

5/24/2015: in May of 2015 : The Labor Statistics Department reported that the number of new unemployment claims increased by 10,000 last week, to reach a total of 274,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 5,500, to reach 266,250 - the lowest level since 2000.

5/18/2015: in May of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 1,000 last week, to reach a total of 264,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 7,750, to reach 271,750 - the lowest level since April 2000. The largest decreases were in MA, GA, and CA.

5/8/2015: in May of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 last week, to reach a total of 265,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 4,250, to reach 279,500 - the lowest level since May 2000. The largest decrease is in NY, followed by CA and MI due to fewer layoffs in multiple industries.

5/2/2015: in May of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 34,000 last week, to reach a total of 262,000 - the lowest level for unemployment claims since April 2000 when it was 259,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 1,250, to reach 283,750. Federal Reserve anticipates the unemployment rate to go down to 5% sometime this year.

4/30/2015: in April of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 34,000 last week, to reach a total of 262,000 - the lowest level for unemployment claims since April 2000 when it was 259,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 1,250, to reach 283,750. Federal Reserve anticipates the unemployment rate to go down to 5% sometime this year.

4/27/2015: in April of 2015 : 2016 presidential race is heating up. Four major contenders, among them one Democrat and four Republicans, have already tossed their hats into the ring. Here is how these four presidential hopefuls propose to tackle the unemployment. Continue reading

4/26/2015: in April of 2015 : According to the Labor Statistics Department, initial unemployment claims increased by 1,000 last week to reach a total of 295,000. The 4-week moving average increased by 1,750 to reach a total of 284,500. Most of the increase is due to layoffs across multiple industries in CA, NY, and NJ.

4/20/2015: in April of 2015 : In spite of multiple warnings that number of states have overpaid millions of dollars in unemployment benefits, they have continued issuing such benefits to state employees, prisoners, and even the dead individuals, while 3 million people who are considered long-term unemployed receive no benefits at all. Continue reading

4/19/2015: in April of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor Statistics, unemployment claims increased by 12,000 last week to reach a total of 294,000. The moving average for four-weeks rose by 250 to reach a total of 282,750. Insured unemployment decreased by 40 thousand last week to reach 2,268 thousand - the lowest level since December 2000 when it was 2,263 thousand.

4/14/2015: in April of 2015 : A new research conducted by the Emory University of Atlanta found that depression among unemployed young adults is three times as high as that among their employed peers. The study suggests that a high unemployment rate isn’t just an economic issue. It is also a public health problem. Continue reading

4/9/2015: in April of 2015 : Reported by the Labor Statistics Department, initial unemployment claims increased by 14,000 last week to reach a total of 281,000. The 4-week moving average decreased by 3,000 to reach a total of 282,250 - the lowest level since mid-year of 2000 when it was 281,500.

4/6/2015: in April of 2015 : Despite weaker economic growth in the 1st quarter of this year, eight states have already reduced the unemployment benefits to less than 26 weeks, while others are exploring the possibility of either decreasing the number of weeks or cutting the weekly amounts. Much of this notion is driven by the fact that lately claims have experienced a significant decline. Continue reading

4/2/2015: in April of 2015 : Published by the Department of Labor Statistics, the number of new unemployment claims decreased by 20,000 to reach 268,000. The 4-week moving average declined by 14,750 to reach 285,500. TX lost jobs across multiple industries while TN, CA, PA, and MI saw significant improvements in unemployment. The unemployment rate in March 2015 remained at the same 5.5% level as in February.

3/29/2015: in March of 2015 : Unemployment numbers reported in February exceeded the expectations of economists and asserted that unemployment improved to pre-recession level. While this is certainly good for the U.S. economy, the long-term unemployment figures have changed very little. There are currently 2.7 million long-term unemployed that account for 31% of all unemployed Americans. These individuals may experience a reduction of their wages up to as much as 10% for as long as ten years after getting hired. Continue reading

3/22/2015: in March of 2015 : The Labor Statistics Department reported that the number of new unemployment claims increased by 1,000 to reach a total of 291,000. The previous week's claims numbers were revised from 289,000 to 290,000. The 4-week moving average increased by 2,250, to reach 304,750. The prior week's average was revised from 302,250 to 302,500. New York displayed the strongest economic performance while Texas and Florida performed the worst. While the labor market has improved significantly, the economy will return to its high-growth state in the next few years.

3/18/2015: in March of 2015 : A new study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research claims that Congress’s decision not to extend unemployment benefits in 2014 truly helped workers and created 1.8 million extra jobs. So what is the conclusion? Cut the unemployment benefits and unemployment will go down. The facts, as it turns out, are far more complex. Continue reading

3/15/2015: in March of 2015 : According to the Labor Statistics Department, the number of new unemployment claims decreased by 36,000 to reach a total of 289,000. The prior week's claims figure was revised from 320,000 to 325,000. The 4-week moving average declined by 3,750, to reach 302,250. The prior week's average was adjusted from 304,750 to 306,000. There were no particular factors impacting this week's initial claims.

3/6/2015: in March of 2015 : The new weekly unemployment claim numbers released by the Department of Labor increased by 7,000 to reach 320,000 mainly due to 3,800 layoffs in the MA educational service industry and 2,900 fewer jobs due to inclement weather in KY. The four-week moving average rose by 10,250 to 304,750. The US economy added 295,000 new jobs in February, blasting past economists' expectations of 240,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5% from January's 5.7%, the lowest since May 2008, when the rate was 5.4%.

3/3/2015: in March of 2015 : Long-term unemployed or recently lost your job? Depression and suicidal thoughts start invading your mind? Well, you are not alone. According to the latest study conducted by Swiss scientists, about 20% of all suicides are linked to unemployment. Also, if you can recommend any local suicide help services, support groups or hotlines, please forward this information to us and we will share it with those in need. Continue reading

3/1/2015: in March of 2015 : Announced by the Labor Department, the number of new weekly claims for unemployment benefits increased by 21,000 resulting in 313,000 new applications. The four-week moving average rose to 294,500. With more than one million new jobs added between November and January, the total number of unemployment benefit recipients declined to 2.4 million. Preliminary unemployment rate in February is 5.6%.

2/22/2015: in February of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor, the number of new weekly claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 21,000 resulting in 283,000 new applications. The four-week moving average declined to 283,250, the lowest level since October 2014. Average hourly wages started inching up with 0.5% increase in January.

2/18/2015: in February of 2015 : In the past 13 month, the economy added almost 3.5 million new jobs, including 750,000 in November and December. The labor participation rate grew to 62.9% from 62.7% in December. Also, here is why the unemployment rate increased to 5.7% in January. Continue reading

2/14/2015: in February of 2015 : Reported by the Department of Labor, the number of new weekly claims for unemployment benefits increased by 25,000. The largest increase came from the service industry in California, to reach a total of 304,000. The four-week moving average was 289,750. January's unemployment rate has risen to 5.7%.

2/8/2015: in February of 2015 : Regardless of the fact that over 2% of the country’s labor force is still unemployed for more than six months, the steadily declining weekly initial unemployment claims signify an ever strengthening employment market. Our analysis indicates that Republicans will be focusing on cutting expenses rather than funding EUC this year. The overall expectation is that the unemployment rate will drop so low by mid-2015 that employers will start hiring long-term unemployed. Continue reading

2/5/2015: in February of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits experienced an increase of 11,000 to reach a total of 278,000. The previous week's level had been raised to 267,000, an increase of another 2,000. The current total 4-week moving average is 292,750.

1/29/2015: in January of 2015 : What will the US unemployment situation look like in 2015? Let’s take a look at some of the most important unemployment predictions. The economy generated an impressive 2.95 million new jobs. Joblessness rate fell to 11.2%. People are getting hired, but wages are still stagnating. Projections indicate that wages will increase by 2.5% this year. Continue reading

1/27/2015: in January of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits experienced only a slight decrease of 10,000 to reach a total of 307,000. The largest numbers of layoffs were in California and Texas. Economists had expected that number to decline to 300,000. This represents three consecutive weeks that claims have been above 300,000.

1/22/2015: in January of 2015 : “2014 was a truly outstanding year for the labor market,” James Marple, an economist at TD Securities, explained, “Companies are increasingly looking to hire.” Economists forecast that in 2015, the U.S. economy will continue powering ahead of other large economies, notably those of Europe with the grow of more than 3%. Long-term unemployment fell by 27% last year. Still more must be done to boost stagnating wages. Continue reading

1/19/2015: in January of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits experienced a sharp increase of 19,000 to reach a total of 316,000. This represents the first time in four months that unemployment claims filings exceeded the 300,000 threshold. Economists had predicted a drop to 295,000. The number of people claiming benefits was 2.8 million compared to 4.7M a year ago. Last week no State claimed Extended Benefits.

1/15/2015: in January of 2015 : As a result of high student loan burdens, in conjunction with high rates of unemployment and underemployment, 7 million Americans or 18% of all education debt holders defaulted on their student loans. With over 60 percent of employers checking credit scores before hiring or promoting, ineligibility for some federal jobs, and withheld educational transcripts, those who need employment most desperately, suffer the most. Continue reading

1/13/2015: in January of 2015 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 4,000 to reach a total of 294,000 last week, while Michigan and New Jersey experienced increases in claims. Economists had predicted that claims would decline to 290,000. The four-week moving average declined to 290,500, a drop of 250. The moving average has remained below 300,000 for 17 consecutive weeks.

1/7/2015: in January of 2015 : While the short-term unemployment rate is on the decline, over 2% of the labor force remains long-term unemployed. What is even worse, finding and keeping jobs can be particularly problematic for the long-term unemployed. 30% of the long-term unemployed that eventually find a job lose it within 12 months. Studies reveal discrimination towards the long-term unemployed, also known as an “unemployment trap”. Continue reading

1/4/2015: in January of 2015 : According to the US Department of Labor, initial unemployment claims increased by 17,000 last week to reach a total of 298,000. The four-week moving average also increased by 250 to reach a total of 290,750. Most of the job losses are due to layoffs in the construction industry. The preliminary unemployment rate for December is at 5.6 percent.

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12/30/2014: in December of 2014 : While the unemployment rate may have settled at a 6-year low, it can certainly be argued that the need to extend unemployment benefits still exists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the long-term unemployment situation hasn't improved and approximately 2.8 million people or about 2% of the country's workforce remain unemployed for more than 27 weeks. Continue reading

12/28/2014: in December of 2014 : According to the US Department of Labor, initial unemployment claims declined by 9,000 last week to reach a total of 280,000. The four-week moving average also declined by 8,500 to reach a total of 290,250. The four-week moving average is considered a less volatile measure of unemployment claims.

12/22/2014: in December of 2014 : With 40% of workforce underemployed, Wal-Mart is notorious for its practice of intentionally low working hours and cuts in health care coverage. While the underemployment crisis might seem like a problem of individual employees, it has economic implications for the entire country. Continue reading

12/18/2014: in December of 2014 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims of unemployment benefits decreased by 6,000 last week, to reach a total of 289,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 750, to reach 298,750. The unemployment rate is at 5.8 percent, but the Federal Reserve expects the rate to go down to 5.2 percent sometime next year.

12/15/2014: in December of 2014 : Colorado’s unemployment rate is down to an impressive 4.3 percent. That is the lowest level since March of 2008 and down from 4.7 percent in September of this year. Here is what keeps it so low and also why this may actually hurt Colorado's economy. Continue reading

12/11/2014: in December of 2014 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims of unemployment benefits decreased by 3,000 last week, to reach a total of 294,000. The four-week moving average rose to by just 250, to reach 299, 250. According to the report, number of people filing for continuing claims for unemployment benefits increased by 142,000.

12/08/2014: in December of 2014 : In November, President Obama announced that he will use his executive powers to provide immigration relief to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Will Obama’s Immigration Action Mean Fewer Jobs for Americans? Continue reading

12/04/2014: in December of 2014 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims of unemployment benefits decreased by 17,000 last week, to reach a seasonally adjusted 297,000. The four-week moving average rose to 299,000, an increase of 4,750. Currently, the unemployment rate is at a six-year low of 5.8 percent.

12/02/2014: in December of 2014 : These 9 cities weathered the Great Recession and now boasting the lowest unemployment rates in the United States. Out of work for over 26 weeks? Why not to consider moving there? Continue reading

11/29/2014: in November of 2014 : According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims of unemployment benefits rose to 313,000 last week, an increase of 21,000 over the previous week. This was the first time that claims exceeded 300,000 since early September. The four-week rolling average remained below 300,000.

11/26/2014: in November of 2014 : According to the Labor Department, African-American unemployment rate still hovers above 10%, while Caucasian men in America are unemployed at a rate of roughly 4.4 percent. Studies show that white applicants with a criminal record are more likely to get employed than a black applicant with no criminal record. Continue reading

11/25/2014: in November of 2014 : According to the Labor Department, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 291,000 last week, representing a drop of 2,000 from the previous week. The previous week's data, originally 290,000, was revised to reflect 3,000 more applications received than had been previously reported. Also, will Obama's Immigration Order signify fewer jobs for Americans?

11/18/2014: in November of 2014 : Recently, there has been little word from either side of the aisle regarding a possible extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. At the same time almost 150 workers of Fusion Paperboard received notice that they will qualify for extended unemployment benefits. After exhausting their original 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, Fusion Paperboard employees will qualify to receive additional two and a half years of benefits. Continue reading

11/15/2014: in November of 2014 : According to a report released by the Department of Labor, initial jobless claims increased by 12,000 to reach a seasonally adjusted 290,000 last week. While these numbers represent an increase, jobless claims have remained below the 300,000 threshold for nine consecutive weeks, the first time since 2000.

11/11/2014: in November of 2014 : Citizens and politicians alike are quick to gripe about the United State’s seemingly high unemployment rate. Are things really so bad? Take a look at these four countries with outrageously high unemployment rates. Continue reading

11/08/2014: in November of 2014 : 214,000 new jobs were created in October. The unemployment rate declined to 5.8%. After ticking upwards last week, claims for unemployment benefits decreased this week to 278,000, a decline of 10,000, according to the Labor Department. The four-week average, which is considered a less volatile measure, also declined by 2,250 to reach 279,000. This is the lowest number in more than 14 years. Long-term unemployment remains high.

11/05/2014: in November of 2014 : Now that Republicans declared a victory in the House of Representatives and national unemployment rate is at 5.9 percent, emergency unemployment benefits (EUC) may never see the light of day. Either way, it is now up to Republicans to deal with the current economic issues. Continue reading

11/02/2014: in November of 2014 : Unemployment rates for America's least educated workers with high school diploma declined much sharper - from 6.2% to 5.3% because most of the post-recession economic growth took place in low-wage sectors. Here is how this will benefit you. Continue reading

10/30/2014: in October of 2014 : For the first time in weeks, claims for unemployment benefits in the United States increased. According to the Labor Department, claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,000 to reach 287,000. Economists had expected claims to fall. The four-week average, a less volatile number, declined to 281,000.

10/26/2014: in October of 2014 : Applications for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 last week to reach 283,000. Even so, initial claims for unemployment benefits remained historically low. This is the sixth consecutive week that new unemployment claims have registered below 300,000, an occurrence that has not taken place since early 2006.

10/23/2014: in October of 2014 : 20% of Workers Laid Off in the Past 5 Years Are Still Unemployed Today. Unemployment rate among the workers who remain jobless for more than six months is among the most persistent, negative effects of the Great Recession. Long-term unemployment remains above pre-recession levels in 41 states. Continue reading

10/20/2014: in October of 2014 : The U.S. Labor Department announced that 170 million dollars have been dispatched to Job Centers in order to help 3 million long-term unemployed Americans find new jobs. Unfortunately, it is still unclear how less than $60 per long-term unemployed person can help them to find a new job.

10/19/2014: in October of 2014 : New claims for unemployment benefits declined by 23,000 to reach a seasonally adjusted total of 264,000 last week, according to the Labor Department. This is the lowest level in 14 years, since mid-April 2000 when the claims level was 259,000. The Labor Department has said that no special factors affected the number of claims.

10/15/2014: in October of 2014 : Will the Unemployment Extension be renewed in 2014? Here’s why Obama and Boehner blame both the unemployed as well as lengthy Congressional recesses for missing the Unemployment Extension bill. Continue reading to find out.

10/14/2014: in October of 2014 : According to the US Department of Labor, weekly unemployment claims declined by 8,000 to 287,000 last week. The four-week average for new claims also decreased by 4,250 to 294,750. These figures represent the lowest levels since mid-2006, approximately 18 months before the beginning of the recession.

10/08/2014: in October of 2014 : Some call them “the lost generation”. Many believe their "wage scars" will last upwards of twenty years and they will never be able to retire. It is estimated that federal and state governments are losing approximately $8.9 billion in revenue each year because of them. They tear at the very fabric of American society. Continue reading to find out if you are one of them.

10/05/2014: in October of 2014 : The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 248,000 non-farm jobs were added to the economy during the month of September. The unemployment rate is at 5.9% - an increase over 6.1% reported in August - the lowest rate since July 2008.

10/01/2014: in October of 2014 : According to the US Department of Labor, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 293,000, representing an increase of 12,000 over the previous week. The previous week's unemployment claims level was revised from an initial 280,000 to 281,000. The DOL also reported that the four-week average declined to 298,500.

9/28/2014: in September of 2014 : Unemployment claims in the United States declined last week, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Initial unemployment claims declined by 36,000 to reach 280,000, returning to a downward trend. During the previous week, claims for unemployment insurance benefits had jumped well above the average trend to reach 316,000.

9/18/2014: in September of 2014 : The US Department of Labor reports that applications for unemployment assistance increased by 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000. This is the highest number since the end of June. The four-week average for applications increased 705. Year over year, the average is 7.1 percent lower.

9/14/2014: in September of 2014 : Figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in late August revealed that Texas created 46,600 new jobs for the month of July. After momentarily giving up the number one spot to Florida in June, Texas emerged as the overall winner for the year, producing more jobs than any other single state. The wide variety of jobs created included minimum wage, middle management, and higher paying positions. The hospitality and recreation industries as well as the oil and gas industry remain some of the strongest contenders in the new job creation efforts. Throughout the month of July, well over half the nation saw increased job openings. In total, 36 states recorded newly added jobs for the month.

9/14/2014: in September of 2014 : Governor Pat Quinn announced a few weeks ago that at 6.8%, the unemployment rate in Illinois is at a six year low. With the rate staggering around 10% about a year ago, the significant drop is quite impressive. The flip side of the shiny coin is that many Illinois residents are leaving the state to look for opportunities elsewhere. This means that the available jobs are simply going to the remaining workers according to supply and demand. Despite the slight exodus from the state, there are many factors that entice newcomers to the state as well as root existing residents who say they are staying put.

9/14/2014: in September of 2014 : US unemployment rate is perceived as a major indicator of economic health. It is cited more than any other statistical figure in the world. But now its accuracy has been challenged and here is the reason why. Continue Reading

9/12/2014: in September of 2014 :

Do we still need an unemployment extension bill? - US adult internet population survey conducted on September 12, 2014

Do we need an unemployment extension bill - US adult internet population survey cunducted on September 12, 2014

9/09/2014: in September of 2014 : The US Department of Labor reports that the country has experienced 54 consecutive months of job growth in the private sector. A total of 10 million jobs have been added to the economy during that time. During the month of August, the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent, a decrease from 7.2 percent year over year.

9/03/2014: in September of 2014 : For the previous week ending, advance figures show seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims of 298,000 representing a decrease of 1,000 applications from the preceding week. The four-week average was 299,750, which was a decrease from the previous revised week's figures of 301,000. No special factors impacted the initial claims for this week.

8/27/2014: in August of 2014 : Job seekers face many challenges when it comes to finding a full-time, permanent position within their preferred field. Some of these obstacles are prevalent across any industry, but there are a few unique challenges that are nearly exclusive to individuals in the skilled labor services workforce.

Changing technologies require continuing education and the purchase of new tools and manuals for machinists, equipment operators, and building engineers. Individuals in these and related fields are often forced to make a decision about investing in their own career or attempting to seek employment with substandard tools, equipment, and experience.

When skilled laborers are expected to keep up with the latest methods and computerized equipment, the job search becomes even more cumbersome. The dilemma is that these upgrades can be quite costly and are often unattainable for unemployed or underemployed workers.
13 months jobs added in the US in May 2014

Employers added more jobs in May.
Reported in June of 2014, 217,000 new jobs were created in May. The unemployment rate holds steady at 6.3%. Non-farm, seasonally adjusted employment grew a staggering 138.5 million - highest level in the past 10 years.

Total US Employment in 2014 (non-farm, seasonally adjusted) in May 2014



5/27/2014: in May of 2014 : Unemployment Drops as Lawmakers Debate Benefits Extension.

5/24/2014: in May of 2014 : Federal Lawmakers Continue Wrangling Over Unemployment Extension. Less Americans return to labor force and less people file for unemployment benefits, forcing the unemployment rate to fall to 6.3%, the lowest since September 2008. National long-term unemployment (26 weeks or longer out of work) figure increased to estimated 3.5 to 4.5 million. Still long way to go to bring unemployment down to pre-recession rate of 4.5%.

5/11/2014: in May of 2014 : President Barack Obama plays hard ball with the House of Representatives threatening to veto their tax credit bills if they do not pass Mike Fitzpatrick' H.R. 4550 legislation. If passed, it would extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance (EUI) that expired in Dec 2013 until May 31 of this year. The original legislation passed by Senate on April 7 is now 6 job bills longer.



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