Despite the shaky economy, jobless claims are down. Here's why.

Sep 29, 2022
It's taken companies so long to replace workers lost during the pandemic that many firms are reluctant to lay them off.
Though the worker shortage isn’t as dire as it was a few months ago, companies are still struggling to return to pre-COVID staffing levels.
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How long can the job market stay this hot?

Some laid-off workers are surprised at how fast they were able to find new positions, says Sarah Chaney Cambon of The Wall Street Journal.
"The job market is still this bright spot really and it's overall outperforming kind of the rest of the economy," said Sarah Chaney Cambon, an economics reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
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Workers have more leverage these days, but they're not less stressed

Apr 11, 2022
Nearly half of American workers are looking for a new job or plan to in the next year. One-third are ready to quit without a new job lined up.
One recent survey found that half of American workers think they’ll make more money just by switching jobs.
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Is it possible for unemployment numbers to be too low?

Apr 7, 2022
This week jobless claims were at their lowest since 1968. What's the economic downside of too few people looking for work?
The unemployment rate doesn't necessarily paint the whole jobs picture.
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Omicron’s peak coincided with key week for jobs data

Feb 2, 2022
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' "reference week," used to calculate employment, included Jan. 12 — when omicron was at its worst.
Because people working in leisure and hospitality are less likely to receive paid sick time, they wouldn't show up on January payrolls if they were out sick with omicron during its peak.
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What job trends will the new year bring?

Dec 30, 2021
The economy is growing and employers are still looking for workers, and that trend will probably continue for awhile.
The U.S. economy added 528,000 jobs in July, according to the latest jobs report, far outpacing expectations.
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Holiday cheer: Jobless claims hit Beatles-era low

Dec 16, 2021
The hot jobs market is giving employees leverage over employers.
The current labor crunch means fewer layoffs and rising wages.
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Without teen workers, "we'd have to close our doors"

Nov 9, 2021
A hot job market continues to seek out teenagers. But will that hurt their academics and long-term job prospects?
Amid a labor shortage, the teenage employment rates remain high.
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Our feelings about jobs and the economy have parted ways

Nov 1, 2021
Many people are happy with the job market — higher wages and more openings. Fewer people like where the overall economy is headed.
Though consumers' views of the job market and the economy are diverging, it's unlikely 
 to stick, experts say. Above, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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