Even with restrictions on business activity easing in many places, layoffs persist. The Texas storms were one of the latest setbacks.
The official rate stood at 6.3 percent in January, but using an expanded metric, Fed and Treasury officials say it’s closer to 10 percent.
With restrictions lifting, workers in industries hard hit by the pandemic are getting a respite from layoffs, and job postings are increasing.
With a gain of 49,000 jobs in January, and with few of those in the private sector, the labor market offers little relief to the nearly 10 million Americans who are unemployed.
Unions, which largely support the new president, had complained that the Trump administration did little to protect workers from the coronavirus.
Relentless unemployment claims show the pandemic’s grip on the labor market. Help from the recent stimulus bill may lapse before an upturn arrives.
The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.
Weekly filings for jobless benefits hit the highest level since July as the pandemic’s resurgence batters the service industry.
U.S. employment fell by 140,000 in December as virus cases surged. Leisure and hospitality businesses were hit hard, but some industries showed growth.
With his victory secured, the president-elect is moving to fill out his economic team.
Employers remain cautious about hiring, one economist says, “but the resurgence of the virus is really the main culprit.”
A decline in consumer income and spending poses a further challenge to the recovery as jobless claims remain high and benefits approach a cutoff.
“It’s going to be a challenging few months,” one economist says. A new pandemic relief bill from Congress could soften the blow.
Union leaders and policy experts say the next administration could do plenty on behalf of workers through regulation and other powers.
November’s hiring of 245,000, the fifth straight monthly easing in new employment, reinforces calls for action on a fresh relief package.
With coronavirus cases increasing again in the United States, the “fragility of the recovery” is in jeopardy, one economist said.
U.S. payrolls grew by 638,000 in October and unemployment fell to 6.9%, but lockdowns could stifle a rebound in restaurant and retail work.
A sale to employees keeps the company local, and that may be more important to some owners than getting the highest price.
A memo tells officials to hold back on news releases about enforcement decisions, saying they can linger unfairly online if citations are overturned.
Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
With the president’s re-election in doubt, cabinet departments are scrambling to finish dozens of new rules affecting millions of Americans.
Hopes for a rebound of the American economy have been clouded by layoffs, a surge in virus cases and a lack of fresh federal aid.
A U.S. Department of Labor review of staff wages from 2012 to 2014 found disparities between male and female professors.
Four weeks before the election, the Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. companies have long valued.
Payrolls grew last month, but permanent layoffs are rising, the labor force is contracting, and fewer women are employed.
Pandemic programs have lowered the barriers to collecting benefits, and the usual security methods haven’t kept up.
New filings for unemployment benefits rose last week, signaling continued layoffs even before autumn chills outdoor business.
The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.
Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.
An emergency federal program faces growing issues with spurious claims, and the flood of applicants may have led to overcounting the unemployed.
Filings for benefits reflect continued layoffs and a sluggish recovery. “The numbers are going in the wrong direction,” one economist said.
A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.
Unemployment fell to 8.4% in August, but the gain of 1.4 million jobs was the weakest in months. The end of federal aid programs is casting a shadow.
Progress in restoring lost jobs has become more challenging. “It’s pretty bad at this stage in the crisis,” one economist said.
With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.
A litigator asserts that she faced reprisal after saying Secretary Eugene Scalia was set to settle a discrimination suit for a sum she found too low.
Nearly 1.2 million filed for state benefits last week, the lowest total since March, as economic readings offer only limited encouragement.
A new standard established by the Securities and Exchange Commission may sound better than it actually is, consumer advocates say.
While traditional unemployment insurance usually leaves out students, they may be eligible for federal pandemic aid. But some states don’t make it easy to get.
Some 4.8 million positions were added last month, but renewed shutdowns could accelerate the continuing layoffs.
As coronavirus hot spots flare across the U.S., adding to economic worries, new jobless claims surpassed one million for the 14th week.
With new state unemployment claims topping one million for the 13th week, the coronavirus crisis seems to be reaching deeper into the labor market.
More than 1.5 million sought state unemployment benefits last week as layoffs spread to more job categories even as businesses reopened.
The pandemic has complicated the usual methods and models for compiling employment data. But uncertainty has been offset by transparency.
State jobless rolls increased last week as some workers were newly laid off and others belatedly started to receive benefits.
Unemployment claims exceed 40 million since the start of the pandemic, with 2.1 million added last week, but a backlog may be leaving many uncounted.
With over 38 million U.S. unemployment claims in nine weeks, one economist says the situation is “grimmer than we thought.”
Nearly three million new unemployment claims brought the two-month total to more than 36 million, even with some still frustrated in seeking benefits.
Contrary to misunderstandings, the actions fall short of ordering meatpacking facilities to reopen despite Covid-19 outbreaks among workers.
Critics say the federal agency charged with protecting worker safety has played a conspicuously small role during the pandemic.