Latest Unemployment News

Oklahoma unemployment rate steady; slowdown projected

Jan. 24, 2020 2:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate held steady last month at 3.4% and the state's economic slowdown is projected to continue in 2020, state officials reported Friday. Oklahoma's 3.4% seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains just below the national average of 3.5%, the Oklahoma...

Pennsylvania's December jobless rate rises, payrolls shrink

Jan. 24, 2020 9:49 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose in December for the fourth straight month, as payrolls shrank and the labor force hit another record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5%,...

Arizona unemployment rate slips to 4.6% in December

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in December, down from 4.7% in November as the state's economy added 6,500 nonfarm jobs. The month-to-month jobs increase was higher than the 10-year average gain of 4,500 jobs in December, the Arizona Commerce Authority reported Thursday. The...

President Donald Trump meets with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Davos remarks rife with distortion

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a rarefied world stage in the Swiss Alps, President Donald Trump cited accomplishments on clean air that aren't real, a level of economic progress he hasn't achieved and a blue-collar boom yet to be seen. His preening performance at the Davos economic conference was rife with...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo people stand in line to inquire about jobs available at the Bean Automotive Group during a job fair in Miami. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, the U.S. government issues the December jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US employment remains strong, 145,000 jobs added in December

Jan. 10, 2020 6:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an economic expansion. Friday’s snapshot from...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo people stand in line to inquire about jobs available at the Bean Automotive Group during a job fair in Miami. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, the U.S. government issues the December jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US employers expected to have added 160,000 jobs in December

Jan. 10, 2020 2:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market appears to be entering 2020 on a solid footing. Economists expect that Friday's jobs report will show job gains of 160,000 in December, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.5%, according to the data provider FactSet. But key in the report will be whether the...

The sun rises over the buildings of the banking district in Frankfurt, Germany, on a misty Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German jobless rate ticks up to 4.9% in December

Jan. 3, 2020 4:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate ticked up to 4.9% in December as the labor market in Europe's biggest economy showed some signs of economic weakness, though it remained generally robust. The Federal Labor Agency said Friday that the unadjusted jobless rate, the headline figure in Germany, was up...

Fed is likely to reinforce a message of continued low rates

Dec. 9, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to send a clear message when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: Interest rates will likely stay ultra-low for the foreseeable future. Behind that message is a view that has gained support at the Fed as the U.S. economic expansion has entered a record...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Balo Balogun labels items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. On Friday, Dec. 6, the U.S. government issues the November jobs report. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

Dec. 6, 2019 5:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses have complained for years that they can’t find the workers they need to fill available jobs. November’s robust hiring gain suggests that at least some have found a way to do so. With the unemployment rate now at a half-century low of 3.5%, many economists...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Balo Balogun labels items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. On Friday, Dec. 6, the U.S. government issues the November jobs report. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

US jobs data to give clues to economy amid trade uncertainty

Dec. 6, 2019 7:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Friday’s November jobs report will provide insight into whether steady hiring remains a source of strength for the U.S. economy even as the Trump administration’s trade conflicts have heightened uncertainties for employers. Economists have forecast that the government will...