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August Jobless Rate at 6.1%

WASHINGTON —The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, down 0.1 percent from the month before.  Businesses claimed to create a net of 142,000 new jobs, a separate survey showed. Data from BLS’ August survey week showed 9.591 million unemployed, down 80,000 from July. The median time any worker has been jobless – […]

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February Unemployment at 6.7%

WASHINGTON –U.S. Unemployment rose by 0.1% in February, to 6.7%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.  Private firms claimed to create 162,000 net new jobs last month, with governments creating another 13,000.  BLS said the harsh winter weather that hit much of the country could affect the data. “For severe weather conditions to reduce the estimate of payroll employment, employees […]

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Labor, Allies to use Public Pressure to Push Jobless Benefits Through Hostile U.S. House GOP Majority

WASHINGTON —With 72,000 more unemployed workers losing their jobless benefits every week, organized labor and its civic, religious and congressional Democratic allies turned to public pressure to push resurrection of the benefits through a hostile GOP majority in the U.S. House.             That promise came from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and others in a press conference-cum-rally Jan. 8 on Capitol Hill, […]

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Unemployment Ends 2013 at 6.7%, Down from 7.9% at end of 2012

            WASHINGTON —U.S. unemployment ended 2013 with at 6.7% in December, down from 7.9% from the end of 2012 and 0.3% from November.  The number of jobless declined by 490,000 in one month, to 10.35 million at the end of 2013.  There were 12.27 million unemployed at the end of 2012.             Private businesses claimed to create 74,000 […]

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Jobless Rate Drops 0.3% in November, to 7%; Factories, Construction Firms Create Jobs

WASHINGTON —The U.S. unemployment rate fell by 0.3% in November, to 7%, as factories created 27,000 new jobs and construction firms created 17,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.  Overall, companies claimed to create 203,000 new jobs last month.  Many of them were in high-paying sectors, unlike previous months. The decline still left 10.91 million people unemployed, 365,000 fewer than […]

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GOP-Imposed Partial Federal Shutdown Pushes Jobless Rate Up In October

  WASHINGTON—The partial federal government shutdown for the first half of October, imposed by Tea Party Republicans who refused to fund the government unless they could kill the Affordable Care Act, pushed the nation’s jobless rate up that month by 0.1% to 7.3%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Private businesses claimed to create 204,000 new jobs last month, a […]

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Jobless Rate Drops to 7.2 Percent in September

WASHINGTON —The U.S. unemployment rate dropped 0.1% from August to September, to 7.2%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.  A separate BLS survey showed businesses claimed to create a net of 148,000 new jobs last month. The partial federal shutdown/lockout sent all of the BLS staff home in the first two weeks of October and delayed release of the results.  […]

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May Jobless Rate At 7.6%

WASHINGTON—The U.S. unemployment rate rose by 0.1% in May to 7.6%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. A separate survey showed businesses claimed to create a net of 175,000 new jobs last month.

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Unemployment Drops 0.1% In April

WASHINGTON —The unemployment rate declined by 0.1% in April, to 7.5%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Businesses claimed to create 165,000 new jobs last month, a separate survey showed. The decline represents a continued slow recovery, statistically if not in workers’ real lives, from the Great Recession, otherwise known as the Bush Crash. But it still left 11.66 million […]

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Jobless Rate Drops 0.1 Percent; Business Claims to Create 236K New Jobs

The nation’s jobless rate dropped 0.1% in February, to 7.7%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Businesses claimed to create 236,000 new jobs that month, a separate survey showed.

The number of unemployed declined by 300,000, to 12.03 million, but the number of people not counted in the workforce rose by 296,000, to 89.3 million. And that wasn’t the only warning signal in the data.

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