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Economic Reports Jobless Claims

  • The headline unemployment rate might not be the best measure of jobs

    The Labor Department released the national unemployment rate, but that might not be the best metric of nationwide job health.

  • WASHINGTON, April 6- New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits recorded their biggest drop in nearly two years last week, pointing to a further tightening in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 234,000 for the week ended April 1, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • *Weekly jobless claims falls the most in two years-data. April 6- U.S. stock index futures added to their gains on Thursday after data showed U.S. jobless claims posted the biggest drop in almost two years last week, further pointing to the strength of the labor market and the overall economy. A Labor Department report showed 234,000 Americans applied for jobless...

  • WASHINGTON, April 6- New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits recorded their biggest drop in nearly two years last week, pointing to a further tightening in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 234,000 for the week ended April 1, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Woman waits to have her resume looked at during the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

    That's a big drop, says CNBC's Rick Santelli breaking down the latest numbers on unemployment.

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- New U.S. single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining momentum despite higher prices and rising mortgage rates. "New home sales are the secret sauce that helps make the economy grow," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained below a level associated with a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 261,000 for the week ended March 18, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- New U.S. single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining momentum despite higher prices and rising mortgage rates. "New home sales are the secret sauce that helps make the economy grow," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.

  • *New home sales increase 6.1 percent in February. WASHINGTON, March 23- New U.S. single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery continued to gain momentum despite the challenges of high prices and tight inventories. The Commerce Department said new home sales increased 6.1 percent to a seasonally...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained below a level associated with a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended March 18, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Weekly jobless claims up 15K to 258,000

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on unemployment.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. homebuilding jumped in February likely as unseasonably warm weather boosted the construction of single-family houses to near a 9-1/ 2- year high, suggesting the economy remained on solid ground despite an apparent slowdown in the first quarter. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told reporters that the U.S. central bank was sending a message that "...

  • Initial jobless claims down 2K to 241,000

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on unemployment, housing starts and data from the Philly Fed.

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week rebounded from a near 44- year low, but the labor market continues to tighten amid a sharp drop in job cuts in February. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000 for the week ended March 4, the Labor Department said on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week rebounded from a near 44- year low, but the labor market continues to tighten amid a sharp drop in job cuts in February. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000 for the week ended March 4, the Labor Department said on...

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  • There's still a lot of slack in labor department: Expert

    The unemployment numbers really don't tell the entire story, says Seth Harris, former acting Labor secretary, providing insight to the U.S. employment picture. We really need to look at wages, says Harris.

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to near a 44- year low last week, pointing to further tightening of the labor market even as economic growth appears to have remained moderate in the first quarter. The Fed is worried that the jobs market will overheat and that is fanning the discussion of a March rate hike, "said Ryan...

  • *Weekly jobless claims drop 19,000. WASHINGTON, March 2- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to near a 44- year-low last week, pointing to further tightening of the labor market even as economic growth appears to have remained moderate in the first quarter. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally...