Unemployment

Unemployment aid requests fall to near 3-year low

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000, to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday. Applications are now at their lowest level since May 2008.
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Daniels signs jobless-fund bill that unions fought

February 24, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law Thursday a plan aimed at fixing Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment fund that labor unions had opposed because it will reduce jobless benefits for some people while softening business tax increases.
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Census: Home vacancies follow job losses in Indiana

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
North-central and east-central Indiana, which absorbed the brunt of the job losses, also showed the highest percentage of unoccupied homes.
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Job openings fall for second straight month

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That's a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
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State’s unemployment rate declines to 9.5 percent

January 25, 2011
The decline marks the third straight month that Indiana's unemployment rate has fallen, but private-sector jobs actually dropped in December.
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More unemployment claims filed nationally last week

January 6, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Labor Department says applications for unemployment aid rose by 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 409,000 in the week ending Jan. 1. Applications fell to 391,000 in the previous week, the lowest point since July 2008.
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U.S. unemployment benefit applications drop sharply

December 30, 2010
Associated Press
Applications dropped by 34,000, to 388,000, the lowest number since the week of July 12, 2008. The level of applications has either fallen or remained unchanged in five of the past six weeks.
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Many big companies are hiring, just not in the United States

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S.
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Construction, manufacturing may lead economic recovery

December 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recession came to an official end 18 months ago, but Indiana’s unemployment rate hovered around 10 percent.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.8 percent

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's jobless rate dropped for the second month in a row and has decreased four-tenths of a point since hitting 10.2 percent this summer.
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Jobless claims fall near lowest level of year

December 9, 2010
Associated Press
In November, the economy added just 39,000 net jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent. Many economists predict December will be a stronger month for hiring.
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Jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent as U.S. job growth slows

December 3, 2010
Associated Press
With hiring so weak, the unemployment rate rose from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. The jobless rate has now topped 9 percent for 19 straight months, the longest stretch on record.
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Jobless claims tick up again

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Difficulties adjusting for the Thanksgiving holiday contributed to last week's spike in new applications, a government analyst said. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths volatility, fell to 431,000 last week, a two-year low.
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Jobless claims drop sharply

November 24, 2010
Associated Press
A Labor Department analyst said weekly claims are volatile during the week between the Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving holidays. A key question is whether claims will remain this low in future weeks.
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State's unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

November 23, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in October dipped to 9.9 percent, marking the first time the rate has been below double digits since March.
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Jobless claims fall sharply to 4-month low

November 10, 2010
Associated Press
The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that initial claims for jobless aid dropped by 24,000, to a seasonally adjusted 435,000. Many Wall Street economists expected a smaller decrease.
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U.S. economy grew anemically in third quarter

October 29, 2010
Associated Press
The government reported Friday morning that the economy expanded at a 2-percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. It marked a slight improvement from the feeble 1.7-percent growth in the April-June quarter.
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State’s jobless rate dips slightly to 10.1 percent

October 22, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in September was 0.1 percentage point lower than in August and the same as it was the same month last year. But it remains above the national rate of 9.6 percent.
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Strategist: U.S. economy picking up pace, slowly

October 15, 2010
Scott Olson
augustine watdchvideoThe economy is picking up its pace but not quickly enough to satisfy the public, Fifth Third Bank strategist John Augustine said Friday. It may not return to pre-recession levels until 2017.
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Indiana loans for jobless to hit businesses Jan. 1

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
The state will begin paying millions of dollars in penalties and interest to the federal government next year because it has borrowed nearly $2 billion to pay for jobless benefits.
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Applications for jobless benefits rise again

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Applications for jobless benefits rose last week for the first time in three weeks, evidence that companies are still reluctant to hire in a slow economy.
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Jobless rate holds steady after wave of government layoffs

October 8, 2010
Associated Press
The nation's jobless rate has topped 9.5 percent for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s.
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New grads struggle to put education to work

October 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
In May, only one-quarter of 2010 college graduates who applied for a job actually received one, compared with more than half in 2007. About as many college graduates of all ages also are plagued by underemployment, working jobs below their skill level—including Butler grad Tom Otero.
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Initial claims for unemployment aid rise again

September 23, 2010
Associated Press
The rise suggests that jobs remain scarce and some companies are still cutting workers amid sluggish economic growth.
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Indiana’s unemployment rate remains flat

September 21, 2010
The state's jobless rate in August remained unchanged from the previous month's figure of 10.2 percent. The loss of seasonal government and manufacturing jobs offset the addition of 3,000 private-sector jobs.
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