Latest Unemployment News

US jobless claims tick up from near a pandemic low

Sep. 23, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week for a second straight week to 351,000, a sign that the delta variant of the coronavirus may be disrupting the job market's recovery, at least temporarily. Thursday's report from the...

North Carolina unemployment rate falls to 4.3% in August

Sep. 17, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployment rate declined slightly in August, the state Commerce Department said on Friday while releasing data showing more people returning to the labor force and getting hired. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.3%...

Pennsylvania's labor force shrank, payrolls flat in August

Sep. 17, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped to another post-pandemic low, according to state figures released Friday, but the labor force shrank in August and payrolls remained virtually flat as employers, such as restaurants and school bus companies, struggle to find...

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Sep. 16, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before,...

US jobless claims reach a pandemic low as economy recovers

Sep. 09, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 310,000, a pandemic low and a sign that the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant has yet to lead to widespread layoffs. Thursday’s report from the Labor...

Economic oddity: Record job openings and many unemployed

Sep. 08, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The disconnect is jarring: Across the United States, employers who are desperate to fill jobs have posted a record-high number of job openings. They're raising pay, too, and dangling bonuses to people who accept job offers or recruit their friends. And...

German unemployment slips in August as recovery progresses

Aug. 31, 2021 04:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The number of unemployed people in Germany declined slightly in August, unusually for the summer month, while the country's jobless rate remained steady at 5.6%, official statistics showed Tuesday. In its last jobs report before a national election on...

Dilemma for Fed chief: High inflation and a surging virus

Aug. 26, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long ago, anticipation was high that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell might begin to sketch out a plan this week for the Fed to start pulling back on its support for an economy that has been steadily strengthening. That was before COVID-19 cases...

US jobless claims rise by 4,000 to 353,000

Aug. 26, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the first time in five weeks even though the economy and job market have been recovering briskly from the coronavirus pandemic. Jobless claims edged up by 4,000 to 353,000 from a...

Kansas: More people seek jobs as unemployment rises to 3.8%

Aug. 20, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 3.8%, and state labor officials said that the increase was tied to more people seeking work. The state Department of Labor reported Friday that Kansas had about 5,900 more...