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First-Time Jobless Claims Plunge to 5-Year Low

First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged 37,000 for the week ending January 12 to 335,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to drop to 368,000 from the prior week.

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Unemployment Rate Flat at 7.8%; 155k New Jobs in December

The nation’s unemployment rate remained at 7.8 percent in December as payrolls increased 155,000, slightly ahead of consensus forecasts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Economists had forecast payrolls would grow by 150,000, slightly higher than the 146,000 increase in payrolls originally reported for November, and that the unemployment rate would remain at November's 7.7 percent.

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First-Time Jobless Claims Finish Year at 372K

First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose 10,000 to 372,000 for the week ending December 29, the third-lowest level of the year, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to increase to 363,000.

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Commentary: Addressing the Right Problem

Negotiators in Washington face a dismal weekend leading up to -- and perhaps including -- New Year's Eve, made worse because they're trying to solve the wrong problem. They're wrangling over how to avoid the fiscal cliff when a series of laws aimed at or contributing to the nation's deficit are set to expire, complicated by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's pronouncement the nation is approaching its debt ceiling.

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First-Time Jobless Claims Drop to 350k, Near Low for Year

First time claims for unemployment insurance dropped 12,000 to 350,000 for the week ended December 22, the third lowest level of the year, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to increase to 365,000. The previous week’s report was revised upward to 362,000 from the originally reported 361,000.

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Initial Jobless Claims Rise After Sharp Drop

First time claims for unemployment insurance increased 17,000 to 361,000 for the week ended December 15, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to increase to 359,000. The previous week’s report was revised upward to 344,000 from the originally reported 343,000, an unexpected sharp drop of 27,000 initial filings.

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Unemployment Rate Drops to 4-Year Low, 146K Jobs Added

Superstorm Sandy blew a hole not in the nation's labor market, but in economists' crystal balls as the economy added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent--the lowest level since December 2008, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)reported Friday. Economists had forecast payroll growth of 93,000, down from 171,000 as originally reported for October, and an increase in the unemployment rate from 7.9 percent to 8.0 percent. While the drop in the unemployment rate was a positive sign, it was driven largely by a drop in the labor force.

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First-Time Jobless Claims Drop to Pre-Sandy Levels

Continuing to show the recovery from superstorm Sandy, first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 25,000 to 370,000 for the week ending December 1, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected 380,000 initial claims filings. The previous week's report was revised upward to 395,000 from the originally reported 393,000.

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