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US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, sixth straight drop

Jun. 11, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the sixth straight week as the U.S. economy, held back for months by the coronavirus pandemic, reopens rapidly. Jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 376,000 from 385,000 the week before,...

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the May jobs report

Jun. 04, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American job market is in an odd place. Consider that in May, employers added 559,000 jobs. In ordinary times, that would amount to a blockbuster burst of hiring for one month, and the response would be an outpouring of cheers. ...

US businesses struggle to fill jobs even as hiring picks up

Jun. 04, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States picked up in May yet was slowed again by the struggles of many companies to find enough workers to keep up with the economy's swift recovery from the pandemic recession. U.S. employers added 559,000 jobs last month, the...

US jobless claims drop to 385,000, another pandemic low

Jun. 03, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for a fifth straight week to a new pandemic low, the latest evidence that the U.S. job market is regaining its health as the economy further reopens. The Labor Department reported...

More jobless getting aid than in past even as cutoffs loom

May. 27, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Far more Americans are receiving unemployment benefits than the last time the jobless rate was at the current 6.1%, thanks to a major expansion of the federal safety net that has provided aid to millions of people out of work. Yet many businesses and...

North Dakota's economic outlook improves as COVID-19 wanes

May. 25, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new quarterly report shows North Dakota’s economic outlook is improving as the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane. The second-quarter outlook from North Dakota State University shows a growing labor force, an increase in gross state product...

Biden betting on wage growth, while GOP warns of inflation

May. 22, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration recently gave a bit of simple advice to businesses that are unable to find workers: Offer them more money. This recommendation, included in a White House memo about the state of the economy, gets at a fundamental tension in an...

Coming out of pandemic, Wisconsin workforce shortages remain

May. 22, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s return to near pre-pandemic unemployment levels has brought with it the reemergence of one of the biggest challenges facing some of the state’s largest industries — a workforce shortage. The need for workers in multiple sectors of...

Nevada unemployment rate continues improving, drops to 8%

May. 21, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's unemployment rate is continuing to improve after the pandemic battered the state's tourist-dependent economy. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the jobless rate in April was 8%, down from 8.1% in...

Little change in Pennsylvania jobless rate, payroll in April

May. 21, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate and payrolls remained virtually the same in April, according to state figures released Friday. The figures come out as employers report that they are struggling to find workers to hire. ...