Latest Unemployment News

Idaho unemployment rate drops to 2.8%, among best in nation

Nov. 24, 2021 15:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent to 2.8% from September to October, making the state’s unemployment rate tied for fourth-best in the nation. The Idaho Department of Labor also said Friday that the state’s labor force grew...

Alaska ends extra jobless benefits as more enter workforce

Nov. 24, 2021 13:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska will end extended unemployment benefits because more people are employed, and an expert says it should not have an impact on the consumer market. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the...

Pennsylvania's jobless rate drops for 8th straight month

Nov. 23, 2021 12:23 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell for the eighth month in a row in October, according to new state figures, as payrolls grew but the labor force shrank amid an ongoing struggle for employers struggle to find workers. Pennsylvania’s...

U.S. jobless claims drop seventh straight week to 268,000

Nov. 18, 2021 09:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000. U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday. ...

UK labor market 'resilient' despite end of salary program

Nov. 16, 2021 07:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England is one step closer to raising interest rates next month, analysts said Tuesday after official figures showed that the end of the British government's salary support program for workers during the coronavirus pandemic has not yet led to the feared increase...

Labor shortage tough on employers, boon for job seekers

Nov. 06, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Worries over critical labor shortage challenges have migrated beyond the borders of the business community and are now shared by over two-thirds of Utahns, according to a new survey. The Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll conducted...

US employers shrugged off virus and stepped up hiring

Nov. 05, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a solid 531,000 jobs, the most since July and a sign that the recovery from the pandemic recession is overcoming a virus-induced slowdown. Friday’s report from the Labor Department...

Unemployment claims drop to 269,000, another pandemic low

Nov. 04, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a fresh pandemic low last week, another sign the job market is healing after last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 14,000 to 269,000 last week. Since topping...

US jobless claims drop to pandemic low of 281,000

Oct. 28, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a pandemic low last week as the job market continues to recover from last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 10,000 to 281,000, lowest since mid-March 2020, the...

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...