Initial Claims Back under 200,000

Initial claims for unemployment insurance fell under 200,000 for the third time in six weeks, the Labor Department reported Thursday, although the number could increase in the next several weeks as potential effects from the Omicron variant surface.

Initial Claims Unchanged from Previous Week

Initial claims for unemployment insurance held steady last week as employment—or lack thereof—went into a holding pattern for the holidays, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Initial Claims Continue Yo-Yo Pattern

Initial claims for unemployment insurance rose for the second time in three weeks, the Labor Department reported Thursday, defying momentum that has nonetheless seen claims fall generally below pre-pandemic levels.

Initial Claims Fall to 52-Year Low

After an uptick the previous week, initial claims for unemployment insurance resumed their sharp downward trajectory, falling to their lowest level in more than 52 years.

Initial Claims Rise Over Holiday

Initial claims for unemployment insurance climbed back up last week after falling to pre-pandemic levels the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Initial Claims Plunge to 50-Year Low

Initial claims for unemployment insurance fell dramatically last week, well below pre-pandemic levels to the lowest rate in more than 50 years, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

Initial Claims Slow, But Maintain Post-Pandemic Low

Sometime very soon, initial claims for unemployment insurance are going to fall below 256,000—the figure from March 2020, just before the full effects of the coronavirus pandemic blindsided the U.S. economy. It’s just not happening this week.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Fall to 19-Month Low

Initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by another 6,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, the second consecutive week at under 300,000 claims and the lowest level in 19 months.