Unemployment

US jobless claims down 14,000 to 385,000 as economy rebounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week by 14,000 to 385,000, more evidence that the economy and the job market are rebounding briskly from the coronavirus recession. The Labor Department reported Thursday that…

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy. The…

Auditor: Mississippi erred on $117M in unemployment benefits

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State Auditor Shad White says Mississippi erroneously paid out more than $117 million in unemployment payments last year and during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. White's office alleges that Mississippi's Department of Employment Security made payments…

Reeves: Mississippi to drop federal unemployment supplement

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will stop accepting supplemental unemployment benefits from the federal government next month, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday. Reeves said the weekly supplement of $300 per person was intended to help people “who are unemployed…

Weekly unemployment increased

The number of new applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a one-month high of 770,000 in the middle of March. According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Labor Department, initial jobless claims increased by 45,000…

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly last week to 787,000, a historically high number that points to a weak job market held back by the viral pandemic. Thursday’s figure from the Labor…

Extended Benefits Program Ended in Mississippi

Jackson, MS — Today, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced that the Unemployment “Extended Benefits” program ended the week of December 19, 2020. In May of 2020, MDES announced the beginning of the EB program in Mississippi. The EB program was…

Weekly Job Numbers report: 742,000 jobless claims last week

The number of people filing for unemployment increased last week. First-time jobless claims totaled 742,000 for the week, according to the labor department. That’s about 30,000 more filings than economists expected. Continuing claims dropped by nearly 430,000,…

Unemployment claims last week

Another 709,000 Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis. The labor department reported those official numbers Thursday. There were also nearly 300,000 new pandemic unemployment assistance filings. That program gives…

Unemployment numbers dropped last week

First-time unemployment claims total 837,000 last week, posting a lower number than economists had expected and a drop in claims from the week before. This marked the fifth consecutive week that first time jobless claims were under a million after…

Unemployment claims drop this week

First time claims for unemployment have dropped again this week, but many analysts say it’s not fast enough. The Labor Department reports 860,000 people filed for first time unemployment benefits last week. The number of continuing claims or people who…

Weekly job numbers worse than expected

Weekly jobless claims were worse than expected last week. According to the Labor Department, first-time claims for unemployment benefits totaled 884,000 last week, higher than some economists’ forecast of 850,000. Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the latest weekly total…

U.S. unemployment rate on the decline

Payrolls rose by 4.8 million in the month of June, far higher than analysts expected. This brings the U.S. unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent. This is the second month in a row we have seen a lower unemployment rate,…

1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment

The American job crisis is far from over. According to the Department of Labor, another one and a half million Americans filed initial jobless claims last week. That brings the total number of new jobless claims filed since mid-March to…

Many companies hiring during COVID-19 pandemic

The official unemployment rate last month was 14.7 percent, the highest rate since the Great Depression. Many people are out of a job due to the coronavirus. Despite layoffs nationwide, many companies are still hiring. Many local places are currently…