Latest Unemployment News

Pennsylvania's jobless rate, labor force and payrolls drop

Oct. 22, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate continued to hit new post-pandemic lows, according to state figures released Friday, but the labor force and payrolls shrank in September as employers struggle to find enough employees. Pennsylvania’s...

Vermont unemployment rate drops slightly to 2.9%

Oct. 22, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point to 2.9% in September, the state Labor Department said Friday. The national rate last month was 4.8%, a drop of four-tenths of a percentage point August. ...

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the September jobs report

Oct. 09, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — September wasn't exactly the robust month for hiring that many had expected and hoped for. With the delta variant still disrupting the economy and employers struggling to find enough workers, the gain for the month amounted to 194,000 jobs — not even...

US average mortgage rates decline; 30-year at 2.99%

Oct. 07, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates declined this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan slipping back below 3%. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year mortgage eased to 2.99% from 3.01% last week. The rate stood...

US jobless claims fall to 326,000, first drop in four weeks

Oct. 07, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week, another sign that the U.S. job market and economy continue their steady recovery from last year's coronavirus recession. Unemployment claims fell by 38,000 to 326,000, the first...

Changes coming for Arizona's unemployment insurance program

Oct. 03, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Thousands of Arizonans have fallen victim to identity theft during the pandemic, resulting in delayed or denied payments and financial devastation. One expert says that a simple modernization and security upgrade to Arizona’s decades-old...

US unemployment claims rise third straight week to 362,000

Sep. 30, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing a recovery in the job market. Claims rose unexpectedly by 11,000 last week to 362,000, the Labor...

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...