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States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

WASHINGTON - Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. The current level suggests strong momentum for the job market this month. Here are the states with the biggest decreases and increases in applications. The data is for the week that ended April 5, one week behind the national figures: States with the biggest decreases: California: Down 13,982, due to fewer layoffs in services

Lowest number of Americans seeking jobless benefits in almost 7 years, declines 32K to 300,000

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. The Labor Department says that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 316,250. Fewer Americans sought benefits last week than at any point since the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. Applications are at their lowest level since May of that year.

States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, claims are still close to pre-recession levels and a sign the job market has improved after a winter slowdown. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is for the week that ended March 22, one week behind the national figures: States with the biggest decreases: California: Down 8,725, due to fewer layoffs in services Nebraska: down 1,121, no reason given

No. 2 Senate Dem says if GOP blocks minimum wage boost to $10.10, compromise possible

WASHINGTON - The Senate's second-ranking Democrat says he'd be open to negotiating a compromise if Republicans block Democrats' efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats' goal remains a $10.10 minimum wage. In the coming days, the Senate could debate a plan by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin that would gradually lift today's minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016.

US jobless claims fall

First-time claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week, adding to signs of a firming jobs market, government data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled 311,000 in the week to March 22, down from 321,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. The four-week moving average fell by 9,500 to 317,750 claims. A year ago the average stood at 343,000 claims. Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics warned not to conclude that the recent fall in claims is a permanent shift.

US jobless claims tick higher

First-time claims for US unemployment benefits climbed last week but the overall trend continued to head slowly downward, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, totaled a seasonally adjusted 320,000 in the week ending March 15, up from the prior week's 315,000, the Labor Department said. Most analysts had forecast a larger rise to 330,000 claims.

States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, which suggests that layoffs remain low and that companies anticipate continued economic growth. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Feb. 22, one week behind the national level data: States with the biggest increases:

US jobless claims drop to 3-month low

First-time claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week to a three-month low but remained little changed from a year ago, according to official data released Thursday. Initial jobless claims totaled 323,000 in the week ending March 1, a decline of 26,000 from the prior week's revised reading of 349,000, the Labor Department said. It was the lowest level of claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, since the last week of November.

States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in the week ended Feb. 15. That's one week behind the national data: States with the biggest decreases: Georgia: Down 7,759, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, and hotels and restaurants

States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, which suggests that layoffs remain low and that hiring will likely remain steady. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Feb. 8, one week behind the national level data: States with the biggest increases: Georgia: Up 7,229, due to layoffs in manufacturing, construction, administrative services, trade, health care and social assistance industries
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