Latest Unemployment News

Modest hiring enough to fuel sluggish but durable US economy

Sep. 6, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring by U.S. employers was slower but steady in August, and hourly pay jumped — trends that should sustain the U.S. economy's record-long expansion in the coming months. Yet with the economy still under threat from a weak global economy and President Donald Trump's trade war with...

Kansas adds jobs, sees unemployment rate dip to 3.3% in July

Aug. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that it added private-sector jobs in July and saw its unemployment rate drop slightly to 3.3%. The state Department of Labor says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month declined from 3.4% in June and was the same as the 3.3% recorded in July 2018. The...

California's 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's job growth is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record as the world's fifth largest economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, officials announced Friday. The country's most populous state needs between 8,000 and...

Trump ties US success to 2nd term: 'You have to vote for me'

Aug. 16, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection. "Whether you love...

Office: Arizona unemployment rate unchanged in July at 4.9%

Aug. 15, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9% in July, unchanged from June. The state Office of Economic Opportunity announced Thursday that Arizona's labor force increased by just over 15,200 people in July while the state's economy lost 11,400 nonfarm jobs. The job loss is less...

The Latest: 164,000 jobs added in July; 3.7% unemployment

Aug. 2, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. employment report for July (all times local): 8:30 a.m. U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July, adding a still-healthy 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-plus expansion. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate stayed at...

July US jobs report shows solid gains amid trade frictions

Aug. 2, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7% for a second straight month, the government said Friday. Average hourly earnings rose 3.2% from a...

German unemployment rate edges up to 5% in July

Jul. 31, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate edged up to 5% in July as the summer holidays weighed on hiring and worries increase about the strength of Europe's biggest economy. The Federal Employment Agency said Wednesday that 2.275 million people were registered as jobless in July, 59,000 more than in June,...

South Africa says unemployment at highest level in a decade

Jul. 30, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says unemployment has reached its highest level in a decade at 29%. Second-quarter figures released Tuesday show the number of unemployed rose by 573,000 over the past year, with only 21,000 jobs created. It is the latest grim report for Africa's most developed economy,...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team warps Omar words on 9/11, al Qaida

Jul. 22, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. One of his top White House advisers, Stephen Miller, reinforced the...