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FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, information signs are displayed at the closed Illinois Department of Employment Security WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

Oct. 22, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels. Last week's figure was down from 842,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The...

Maine unemployment dips to 6.1%; state passes 6,000 cases

Oct. 21, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment in Maine has dipped close to 6% as the state's economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the state's governor said. Maine unemployment fell from 7% in August to 6.1% in September, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The number of unemployed people in the...

FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course,...

Iowa's September unemployment rate drops to 4.7%

Oct. 20, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate for September dropped to 4.7%, continuing a five-month trend of hiring after the state's economy was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a state agency reported Tuesday. Iowa Workforce Development reported the unemployment rate was down from 6% in August. The...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a mask walks under a Now Hiring sign at a CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April. State officials reported Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, that the leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs as restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses benefitted from the state's easing of restrictions designed to slow the virus' spread. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California jobless rate dips as jobs added despite pandemic

Oct. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has regained more than a third of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs the nation's most populous state lost to the coronavirus pandemic in March and April, state officials said Friday. The leisure and hospitality sector accounted for half the overall gain of 96,000 jobs, after...

Pennsylvania sees another big monthly drop in jobless rate

Oct. 16, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate began to look like the rest of the nation's in September, taking another steep drop from its post-pandemic high as the labor force and payrolls grew, according to state figures released Friday. However, the state still has yet to recover many...

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 6.6% as pandemic woes continue

Oct. 16, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's monthly unemployment rate jumped to 6.6% in September as the coronavirus pandemic kept up its continuing damage to the state's economy, the government reported Friday. The rate was a full percentage point above the August jobless rate and even worse when compared to the...

Rhode Island allows trick-or-treating, with restrictions

Oct. 15, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Children in Rhode Island will still be allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday, but she urged people not to hold Halloween parties, even if they are within the state's gathering limit of 15 people. “Trick-or-treating gives kids a sense of normalcy," the Democratic...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020,  that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

Oct. 15, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession. Thursday’s report from the Labor...

Missouri unemployment rate drops

Oct. 14, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State data released Wednesday show more people are back at work in Missouri after joblessness spiked during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but unemployment is still way up compared to last year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 7% in August to 4.9%...