(Almost) any thank-you gift... just $5/month or more! GIVE NOW

Unemployment claims drop again to new pandemic low

Apr 29, 2021
They have fallen sharply over the past year but remain well above the 230,000 weekly figure typical before the pandemic struck.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Unemployment claims hit another pandemic low

Apr 22, 2021
The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid fell last week to 547,000, a new low since the pandemic struck.
The still-high number of ongoing recipients shows that even as the economy has strengthened in recent weeks, millions of people — disproportionately low-income workers and people of color — continue to endure a loss of a job or income and have struggled to pay bills or rent.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Unemployment claims hit lowest level since pandemic

Apr 15, 2021
The number last week was 576,000 claims, down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January.
For the week ending March 27, 16.9 million people were continuing to collect jobless benefits, down from 18.2 million in the previous week.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Unemployment claims back up again

Apr 8, 2021
And a total of 18.2 million people were receiving some form of jobless aid the week of March 20.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Some will get refunds on taxes they paid on unemployment benefits ... eventually

Apr 2, 2021
The IRS says the process of recalculating taxpayer returns will stretch into the summer.
It's a messy year for the IRS, taxpayers and tax preparers.
Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Unemployment claims rise back above 700,000

Apr 1, 2021
That signals many employers are still cutting jobs even as more businesses reopen, more vaccines go out and federal aid spreads.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Unemployment claims hit lowest level since pandemic began

Mar 25, 2021
Still, a total of 18.9 million people are continuing to collect jobless benefits, up from 18.2 million in the previous week.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The future is bright… let’s make it even brighter together.

Be a Marketplace Investor with a donation in any amount today.

Unemployment claims rise to 770,000 with layoffs still high

Mar 18, 2021
The four-week average of claims, which smooths out weekly variations, dropped to 746,000, the lowest since late November.
About 18.2 million Americans were receiving some form of jobless aid in the week of Feb. 27, down by 1.9 million from the week before.
Karen Ducey/Getty Images

With unemployment high, why can't companies find the workers they need?

Mar 17, 2021
There are many theories, including unemployment benefits being too high, a skills mismatch and low wages.
Businesses could attract more workers if they raised wages, one expert says. According to the National Federation Independent Business, that's starting to happen.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Unemployment claims fall to 712,000 as pace of layoffs eases

Mar 11, 2021
It's evidence fewer employers are cutting jobs amid a decline in confirmed coronavirus cases and signs of an improving economy.
Though the job market has been slowly strengthening, many businesses remain under pressure, and 9.6 million jobs remain lost to the pandemic that flattened the economy 12 months ago.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It’s a great day to invest in Marketplace at any level!

Donate $5/month or more today to get almost ANY thank-you gift.