Latest Unemployment News

Unemployment rate stable in Pennsylvania, as payrolls shrink

Jan. 22, 2021 10:17 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained stable and on par with the national rate in December, although the labor force and payrolls shrank, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, down one-tenth of a percentage point from...

FILE - A man walks out of a Marc's Store,  Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.  Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)

Biden inherits damaged economy, with signs of hope emerging

Jan. 21, 2021 4:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has inherited a badly damaged economy pulverized by the pandemic, with 10 million fewer jobs than a year ago and as many as one in 6 small businesses shut down. Yet there are also signs of resilience and recovery that suggest the prospect of a rebound, perhaps a robust...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, a

US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Jan. 21, 2021 9:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to ongoing job cuts in a raging pandemic. The Labor Department's report Thursday underscored that President Joe Biden has inherited an economy that...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction in his goodbye to Washington

Jan. 20, 2021 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden. Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was spot on with this: “We were...

The moon rises over the West Wing of the White House, on President Donald Trump's last day in office, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. The Marine guard at the entrance signifies the president is in the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's farewell falsehoods

Jan. 19, 2021 8:22 PM EST

On his way out, President Donald Trump claimed credit for things he didn't do and twisted his record on jobs, taxes, the pandemic and much more. Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks to the country. As well, in noting Americans were “horrified” by the storming of the Capitol this month, he...

Andrew Walcott, owners of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, poses for a photo at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

Jan. 14, 2021 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the...

Andrew Walcott, left, owner of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, monitors the take out orders as his chef Andrew Jackson places an order on the counter at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant,  just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly drop since spring

Jan. 8, 2021 11:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the first time it hasn't...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2020 file photo, Zeida Hernandez, of Tampa, Fla., left, makes Factory Throwout cigars using an antique hand-operated cigar machine at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Tampa's last cigar factory, in Fla. American factories grew in December at the fastest pace in more than two years as manufacturing continued to weather the pandemic better than the battered services sector. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

Jan. 7, 2021 10:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly last week to 787,000, a historically high number that points to a weak job market held back by the viral pandemic. Thursday's figure from the Labor Department, a slight decline from the previous week, shows that even with the...

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Jobless claims down 19,000, still 4 times pre-pandemic level

Dec. 31, 2020 12:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week fell by 19,000 to 787,000, still a historically high level as a resurgent coronavirus maintains its grip on the U.S. economy. While at the lowest level in four weeks, the figures released Thursday by the Labor Department are...

A hiring sign shows outside of Gray M. Sanborn Elementary School in Palatine, Ill., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Illinois reports biggest spike in unemployment claims of all states. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 89,000 last week to a still-elevated 803,000, evidence that the job market remains under stress nine months after the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy into recession and caused millions of layoffs.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

US layoffs remain elevated as 803,000 seek jobless aid

Dec. 23, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 89,000 last week to a still-elevated 803,000, evidence that the job market remains under stress nine months after the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy into recession and caused millions of layoffs. The latest figure,...