Latest Jobless claims News

Timeline remains the same to update unemployment system

Jul. 27, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

Kentucky hopes to stay on course to overhaul its outdated technology for processing jobless claims in two to three years, despite renewing its search for a company to handle the job, the state's new labor secretary told lawmakers on Tuesday. Labor Secretary Jamie Link...

Maine health officials not alarmed by COVID-19 increase yet

Jul. 23, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases has ticked up in Maine in recent weeks, but state health officials say they aren't sounding the alarm about it yet. The state's daily caseload had dwindled in early summer, with less than 20 new cases reported...

California makes change to pay unemployment benefits faster

Jul. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on Thursday announced a major change in how the state pays unemployment benefits, potentially unlocking payments for up to 100,000 people who have gone weeks or months without assistance. Getting...

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

Jul. 22, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that jobless claims...

Backlog of jobless benefits claims is growing, advocates say

Jul. 21, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The backlog of people in Pennsylvania waiting for a decision on whether they can receive unemployment compensation benefits has ballooned following the introduction of a new online portal for the system, advocates for the unemployed say. The Mon...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jul. 19, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

Traverse City Record-Eagle. July 18, 2021. Editorial: Our Great Lakes deserve a group effort to protect them Taken separately, the threats to the health of the Great Lakes are enough to raise alarm. Together they are a crisis,...

Returning to work not easy for some who lost jobs to COVID

Jul. 17, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Karen Miller wants to work. Ideally, the 65-year-old would return to her old job of digitizing government documents for Data Dimensions in Janesville, Wisconsin. But she can’t. The company laid her off in March 2020 when COVID-19 struck, and it...

Asian shares track Wall St decline; BOJ policy unchanged

Jul. 16, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after Wall Street benchmarks extended losses amid uncertainty over rising coronavirus cases and the risks to pandemic recoveries. Stocks fell in Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai but rose in Hong Kong. U.S. futures and...

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Jul. 15, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Stocks closed lower Thursday, pulling major indexes a bit further below the record highs they marked at the start of the week. Investors continue to focus on where the economy is headed as the pandemic wanes, and also on the latest company earnings reports. ...

US unemployment claims fall to 360,000, a new pandemic low

Jul. 15, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level since the pandemic struck last year, further evidence that the U.S. economy and job market are quickly rebounding from the pandemic recession. Thursday’s report...