WSJ Editorial: Good News in the Labor Market

May 6, 2018

Republican politicians pointed to the decline in the overall jobless rate to 3.9% after six months of 4.1%. But this was achieved thanks to a 236,000 decline in the US labor force. That decline balances what happened in February when […]

Unemployment Claims Fall to 48-Year Low

April 26, 2018

First-time claims for unemployment benefits fell to a 48-year low last week as the labor market shows further signs of tightening after years of steady growth. Claims plummeted to 209,000, a decrease of 24,000 in the week through April 21, from the previous week’s 232,000, the lowest level since December […]

US Job Openings Decline in February from Record Level

April 13, 2018

US businesses posted fewer open jobs in February than the previous month when openings reached a record level, though layoffs fell. The Labor Department said Friday that openings fell 2.8 percent to 6.05 million, down from 6.23 million in […]

US Jobless Claims Fell Last Week to Lowest Level Since 1973

March 29, 2018

The number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since 1973, signaling continued health in the labor market. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the US, fell by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted […]

US Job Openings Surge to Record High in January

March 16, 2018

US job openings jumped to a record high in January, but a persistent lag in hiring suggested that employers will probably have to raise wages to attract qualified workers. The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, released by […]

US Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Level Since 1969

March 1, 2018

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since December 1969, offering fresh evidence of health in the labor market. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the […]

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