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The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market may be improving.

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    On a mid-January evening, an interpreter for an Afghan woman, a former civic leader now in hiding from the Taliban, described the winter of ...
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  • 1.4 Million Seek Jobless Aid, First Increase Since March
    Before the pandemic, the number of weekly applications had never exceeded 700,000. An additional 975,000 applied for jobless aid under a separate program ... Without the $600, her unemployment benefit ...
    01/7/2022 - 6:42 am | View Link
  • On The Money: Jobless claims tick up as omicron surges
    Jobless claims hit 207K in 2021's final week New claims for jobless aid ticked higher in the final week of 2021, according to data released Thursday by the Labor Department. In the week ending Dec. 31 ...
    01/6/2022 - 10:28 pm | View Link
  • Black Americans Worst Hit as New Jobless Claims Surge Past 1M
    Though the federal government typically adjusts raw data to reflect seasonal, predictable changes in the job market, the new applications for unemployment ... As the pandemic recession stretches into ...
    01/4/2022 - 11:00 am | View Link
  • Jobless Claims Seen Elevated During Week Clouded With Uncertainty
    The level of claims has held above 800,000 in recent weeks, their highest level since the early fall and almost four ... and not all applications are approved. In addition to the uncertainty ...
    12/26/2021 - 11:00 am | View Link
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  • Jobless claims unexpectedly rise to 230,000 as omicron ...
    Figures released Thursday by the Labor Department show that applications for the week ended Jan. 8 rose to 230,000 from 207,000 a week earlier, missing the 200,000 forecast by Refinitiv analysts.
    01/16/2022 - 2:55 pm | View Website
  • News Release
    2 UNADJUSTED DATA The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 419,446 in the week ending January 8, an increase of 103,693 (or 32.8 percent) from the previous week.
    01/16/2022 - 10:30 am | View Website
  • US jobless claims unchanged at 205,000 | WPRI.com
    Jobless claims remained at 205,000. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week ups and downs, rose to just over 206,000. The numbers suggest that the spread of the omicron variant did ...
    01/16/2022 - 4:54 am | View Website
  • U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Rise to 230,000 (VIDEO)
    U.S. jobless claims climbed by 23,000 last week to 230,000, the Department of Labor said Thursday. The four-week moving average, which smooths out week-to-week blips, rose nearly 6,300 to almost ...
    01/15/2022 - 1:37 pm | View Website
  • US Jobless Claims Fall to 52-Year Low – NBC4 Washington
    US Jobless Claims Fall to 52-Year Low Unemployment claims dropped to 184,000 last week, the lowest since September 1969 By Paul Wiseman • Published December 9, 2021
    01/15/2022 - 8:01 am | View Website
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