unemployment Archive

Employment Growth

After faltering in August, headline payroll employment growth snapped back in September with the addition of 248,000 jobs.  What’s more, the August figure was revised upward by 38,000 jobs. The unemployment rate eased to 5.9% as a result, the...

Unemployment Insurance Claims Below 300K Benchmark for Week of Sept 20

Initial claims for unemployment insurance filed in the week ended September 20 increased slightly to 293,000. The increase of 12,000 can be considered as normal volatility and does not fully wipe out the gains of the previous week, when...

July Employment Report

Solid job gains of 209,000 in July, bringing the 12-month tally to 2.6 million.  Job gains will be critical for home sales and commercial leasing activity in what will inevitably be a rising interest rate environment ahead. Construction related...

Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall to Lowest Levels since 2006

Initial claims for unemployment insurance filed under the regular state programs during the week ending July 19 fell 284,000—the lowest level since 2006[1]. The 4-week moving average also dipped to its lowest level since 2007[2] to 302,000 claims. Initial...

Unemployment Insurance Claims Still at Normal Levels in Week Ending June 7

There were 317,000 claims for unemployment insurance in the week ending June 7. Claims slightly increased by 4,000 from the previous week’s level, but this can be considered as normal volatility. Initial claims for unemployment insurance [1] – a...