Economy

US Added 559K Jobs In May, Unemployment At 5.8%

Bloomberg News reports: U.S. job growth accelerated in May and the unemployment rate fell, signaling firms are making progress filling a record number of openings as the economy powers up. Payrolls increased by 559,000 last month after a revised 278,000 gain in April, according to a Labor Department report Friday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists was …

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Weekly New Jobless Claims Near Pre-Pandemic Level

CNBC reports: Initial jobless claims fell below 400,000 for the first time since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic as the labor market continues to recover, the Labor Department reported Thursday. First-time filings for unemployment benefits totaled 385,000 for the week ended May 29, a decline from the previous week’s 405,000 and below the Dow Jones estimate of 393,000. …

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Labor Dept: New Jobless Claims At Pandemic-Era Low

Bloomberg News reports: Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell last week to a fresh pandemic low, signaling steady improvement in the job market as remaining business restrictions are lifted. Initial claims in regular state programs decreased by 34,000 to 444,000 in the week ended May 15, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The drop in jobless applications shows the labor …

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Labor Dept: New Jobless Claims Hit Pandemic-Era Low

Bloomberg News reports: Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell to a fresh pandemic low last week as business confidence strengthens and employers seek to fill more positions left open by restrictions. Initial claims in regular state programs declined by 34,000 to 473,000 in the week ended May 8, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The labor market continues to improve …

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Newsom Unveils $75B Budget Surplus And Tax Rebates

San Francisco’s CBS News affiliate reports: As the clock ticks down to California’s reopening from all COVID-19 restrictions on June 15 and with state coffers flush with a $75.7 billion budget surplus, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a $100 billion recovery plan which will include individual tax rebates of up to $1,100. Chief among the new proposals Newsom announced Monday was …

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Commerce Dept: Household Income Up 21% In March

The Wall Street Journal reports: Household income rose at a record pace of 21.1% in March as federal-stimulus checks helped fuel an economic revival that is poised to endure with an easing pandemic. The surge in income last month was the largest monthly increase for government records tracing back to 1959, reflecting $1,400 stimulus checks and other government aid included …

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Commerce Dept: Economy Grew 6.4% In First Quarter

The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. economy expanded rapidly in the first quarter, growing at a 6.4% annual rate and extending what economists project will be a robust, consumer-led recovery from the pandemic this year. The jump in U.S. gross domestic product in the first three months of the year, reported by the Commerce Department on Thursday, put the …

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US Added 916K Jobs In March, Unemployment At 6%

NBC News reports: The U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, in the strongest indication yet that the labor market is finally working its way back to pre-pandemic norms as the number of vaccinations continues to rise. The hiring and employment data, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, firmly beat …

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American Airlines Cancels Furloughs For 13K Workers

Yahoo News reports: American Airlines is “happily” canceling over 10,000 furloughs as Congress’ new COVID-19 relief bill heads to President Biden’s desk. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom told employees on Wednesday that after Congress passed the new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes more funding for the Payroll Support Program, it will be canceling 13,000 …

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Yellen To Brief Biden On Relief Deal “Cost Of Inaction”

The Washington Post reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that a briefing Biden is receiving later from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen would highlight “the cost of inaction” on the president’s coronavirus relief legislation — a move designed to increase pressure on Congress to move forward. The briefing, Psaki said, would demonstrate “the impact of a delay in …

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New Unemployment Claims Soar In Trump’s Final Week

The Associated Press reports: The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck. Before the pandemic, weekly applications typically numbered …

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Final Jobs Report For Trump Admin Is Worst In Months

NBC News reports: The economy shed 140,000 jobs in December, a clear indication that the pandemic’s chokehold on economic activity strengthened in the final weeks of last year. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent. In the final jobs report of 2020, Friday’s monthly employment snapshot from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a labor market teetering on the …

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Unemployment Benefits Expire Today For 14 Million

The Hill reports: Millions of people will lose federal unemployment benefits on Saturday as a result of the standoff between Congress and President Trump over the COVID-19 relief measure passed by the House and Senate this week. Fourteen million people will lose benefits through two programs set up under legislation earlier this year in the initial response to the coronavirus …

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Labor Dept Reports 803K New Jobless Claims For Week

The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. jobless claims fell to 803,000 last week, a retreat from a three-month high amid broader signs of a slowing economic recovery. The latest data came as states and local municipalities impose fresh restrictions on social and business activity to combat a surge in coronavirus cases. Other parts of the economy have shown signs of …

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Labor Dept Reports Surge In Jobless Claims For Week

Bloomberg News reports: Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits surged last week and exceeded most estimates, suggesting that widening business shutdowns to curb the pandemic are spurring fresh job losses. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose by 137,000 to 853,000 in the week ended Dec. 5, Labor Department data showed Thursday. On an unadjusted basis, the figure increased by …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Addresses COVID’s Economic Impact

The Associated Press reports: President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks Friday after the release of a November jobs report that showed the slowest month of growth by far since the recovery began. He then plans to meet virtually with a group of county leaders, whose agenda includes federal relief to help recover from the economic fallout of the …

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Labor Dept Reports 712K New Jobless Claims For Week

MarketWatch reports: New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell in late November for the first time in three weeks, probably due in part to the Thanksgiving holiday. The number of people applying for benefits, however, is still quite high and the latest decline is unlikely to dispel fresh worries about rising layoffs and a slowdown in hiring after a record …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Economy And Vaccines

CBS News reports: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are meeting Monday with the heads of major companies and labor unions to discuss the incoming administration’s economic agenda, the Biden transition office said. The president-elect will deliver remarks on the economy following a remote briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, which comes as the stock market is surging on news …

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NYC Floats Single E-Hail App For Cabs And Uber/Lyft

The New York Daily News reports: New York City’s ailing taxicab industry may get a boost if a proposed bill gets a green light from the City Council. The legislation would require the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to establish a “universal e-hail app” to let riders order from a single app any for-hire vehicle — including taxis and cars …

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McConnell Won’t Put Trump’s Stimulus Deal To Vote

Axios reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he would not put a potential $1.8 trillion+ deal struck by Democrats and the Trump administration on the Senate floor. “My members think half a trillion dollars, highly targeted is the best way to go,” he said. Why it matters: The economy and American workers need help. Democrats say …

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