Unemployment

Jobless claims below pre-pandemic levels

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits remains at historically low levels. There were 180,000 new jobless claims for the week ending April 23rd, according to labor department statistics. That’s…

Fewest Americans collecting jobless aid since 1970

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for unemployment benefits inched down last week as the total number of Americans collecting aid fell to its lowest level in more than 50 years. Jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 184,000 last week, the Labor…

US unemployment claims drop to 198,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 200,000, more evidence that the job market remains strong in the aftermath of last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 8,000 to 198,000, the Labor Department…

US jobless claims unchanged at 205,000

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, remaining at a historically low level that reflects the job market's strong recovery from the coronavirus recession last year. Jobless claims remained…

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…