Latest Unemployment News

Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Surfside, Fla.  The number of a Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

Nov. 25, 2020 1:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic. A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is...

People dressed as showgirls stand along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve Sisolak has also encouraged out-of-state visitors, the lifeblood of Nevada's limping economy, to come to his state and spend money in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Nevada facing double-bind of rising cases, limping economy

Nov. 21, 2020 3:30 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve Sisolak has also encouraged out-of-state visitors, the lifeblood of Nevada's limping economy, to come to his state and spend money in Las Vegas. The pandemic has put...

Wisconsin state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, has faulted Gov. Tony Evers' administration for the slow pace at which it has processed a surge of unemployment insurance claims during the pandemic. He is seen here during a public hearing at the State Capitol on Dec. 3, 2018 in Madison, Wis. (Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Watch via AP)

Wisconsin jobless claims rise as state's system woes persist

Nov. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin businesses shuttered this spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, jobless filings and phone calls flooded the Department of Workforce Development — too quickly for staffers to keep up. But DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman remained optimistic. In a May 4 email, Frostman...

Fabian Rodriguez cleans a table in an outdoor tented dining area of Tequila Museo Mayahuel restaurant, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. California's unemployment rate has dipped below 10% for the first time since March. A new report from the state Employment Development Department shows California added 145,500 jobs in October as the state's unemployment rate fell to 9.3%. Those gains could be short lived as a surge of cases has already prompted new restrictions on businesses with most restaurants ordered to halt indoor dining and impose a 10 p.m. curfew in most areas that begins Saturday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

New virus rules threaten California's October job gains

Nov. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's beleaguered restaurant and hospitality industry rebounded in October, adding 66,000 jobs as the unemployment rate in the nation's most populous state dipped below 10% for the first time since the pandemic upended its economy in March. But the gains are likely to be...

Pennsylvania jobless rate falls — because labor force shrank

Nov. 20, 2020 12:26 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell again in October as payrolls continued to recover from the economic hit of last spring's pandemic-driven shutdowns, according to state figures released Friday. Still, the rate fell only because of a big drop in the state's civilian labor...

Medics adminster COVID-19 tests on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at PrimaryOne Health in Columbus, Ohio. The testing site, a pop-up site staffed by medics from the Ohio National Guard and PrimaryOne Health employees, had lines that stretched for a half-mile from the testing site, with wait times for patients up to two hours or more. (Joshua A. Bickel /The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio unemployment rate drops, still above 2019 figure

Nov. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s unemployment rate fell in October from the previous month but remains above levels from the same time a year ago before the coronavirus pandemic, the state said Friday. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 324,000, down from 469,000 in September,...

Georgia jobless rate plunges in October as more find jobs

Nov. 19, 2020 4:48 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Many more people found jobs in Georgia in October as the state's unemployment rate decreased sharply. The state's jobless rate fell to 4.5% in October from 6.3% in September, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor. Nearly 225,000 more people reported having...

FILE - This May 7, 2020, file photo shows a man wearing a mask while walking under a Now Hiring sign at a CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco.  On Thursday, Nov. 12, the number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, the fourth straight drop and a sign that the job market is slowly healing. The figures coincide with a sharp resurgence in confirmed viral infections to an all-time high above 120,000 a day.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

US jobless claims rise to 742,000; millions to lose aid

Nov. 19, 2020 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to cut jobs. The worsening pandemic and the arrival of cold weather could...

A sign is seen outside of IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Security) WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Illinois reports biggest spike in unemployment claims of all states. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

Nov. 12, 2020 9:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing. Yet the improvement will be put at risk by the sharp resurgence in confirmed viral...

A man walks across the normally busy Piccadilly Circus in central London after a heavy rain downpour, Monday Nov. 9, 2020.  The London streets are nearly deserted during the first full week of a four-week coronavirus lockdown in England, but some are calling to allow businesses to reopen their doors to kickstart the city economy. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

UK unemployment rises to 4.8%, highest since 2016

Nov. 10, 2020 4:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.K. unemployment rose to its highest level since 2016 in the three months through September as the COVID-19 pandemic forced employers to shed workers, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. The unemployment rate increased to 4.8% in the period, up 0.3 percentage points from last...