Weekly jobless claims are up, but other signs point to a recovering job market

Apr 1, 2021
The larger trend in jobless claims is down, while airline reservations and manufacturing work shifts are up.
Labor market indicators such as job postings and manufacturing work shifts have been improving.
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Big jump in unemployment benefit claims from gig workers

Jan 21, 2021
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
An Uber driver participates in a car rally calling for basic employment rights in August 2020 in Los Angeles.
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Jobs have bounced back in some parts of the economy. Others face a long slog.

Nov 6, 2020
More Americans are returning to the labor market. But more are also joing the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
A shuttered business district in Brooklyn in May. Jobs in some face-to-face services, like bars and restaurants, are still down 15% to 30%.
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Continuing unemployment claims are down, but that doesn't tell the whole story

Nov 5, 2020
No state lets people stay on unemployment benefits for more than 26 weeks.
Unemployment benefits are running out for people who have been out of work for six months.
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Head spinning from all the unemployment numbers? Blame COVID-19.

Sep 10, 2020
The pandemic has led to churn in the job market — layoffs, rehires and new hires that reflect shifting demand in the economy.
A bartender pours drinks for customers in Austin, Texas, in May. There's a lot of churn in the labor market due to COVID-19.
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Jobless claims rise; job postings fall

Aug 20, 2020
This may be further evidence that the economic recovery is slowing or stalling.
A dealer at work at a casino in Las Vegas in June. Jobs have fallen dramatically in tourism and hospitality.
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Jobless claims see continued dip but recovery not yet within reach

Aug 13, 2020
While new jobless claims fell below 1 million for the first time in 21 weeks, we're still a long way away from a "good" economy.
A store advertising a job opening in Venice Beach, California.
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The pros and cons of extending additional unemployment benefits

Jul 28, 2020
Money in jobless people's pockets can stimulate the economy, but longer unemployment payments could slow a recovery, experts say.
Baristas prepare drinks at a coffee shop in North Carolina. Some say high unemployment benefits are discouraging employees from returning to work during the pandemic.
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How the loss of $600 a week will impact jobless people we've been following

Jul 22, 2020
For some people, moving might be an option. For others, not much might change.
An applicant fills out an unemployment benefits form in Virginia. Temporary relief payments are scheduled to end soon.
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