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Government Shutdown Impact on Unemployment Benefits

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Fed Should Push Unemployment Well Below 5%, Paper Says

- 6 days ago @ blogs.wsj.com: The Federal Reserve should hold short-term interest rates near zero long enough to drive unemployment well below 5%, even if it means letting inflation exceed the central bank's 2% target. That's according to Laurence Ball, economics professor and ...

Eurozone unemployment edges down in February

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Missouri: Unemployment Cited in Suicide Note

New York Times: The Missouri auditor's spokesman wrote “I just can't take being unemployed again” before his apparent suicide, the authorities said Tuesday. The spokesman, Spence Jackson, was found dead Sunday in his Jefferson City apartment from a gunshot wound to ...

Audit: Prisoners, dead among those receiving unemployment

WBIR-TV: Those were among the findings of a state comptroller's office audit released Tuesday that said the unemployment benefit system made overpayments of $98 million in the past six years. It estimated a backlog of payments could balloon that figure to $171 ...

Region’s jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent in February

The unemployment rate for the Buffalo Niagara region fell to 6.4 percent in February, from 7.5 percent one year earlier, marking the 25th consecutive month of year-over-year declines for the area’s jobless rate.

Jobs grow, as unemployment nudges up

Citizens Voice: “We don't have to feel bad about this small increase in the unemployment rate,” said Dr. Satyagit Ghosh, professor of economics at the University of Scranton. “The trend is that we are adding jobs, and 900 jobs in one month is hefty. People returning ...

Local unemployment rate drops slightly

Laredo Morning Times: “Relative stability in the unemployment rate is the big takeaway from this month's employment figures,” said Rogelio Trevino, Workforce Solutions South Texas executive director. “The region has been preparing for a potential surge in unemployment due ...

Illinois unemployment rate continues to fall

KWQC-TV6: CHICAGO, Ill. (KWQC) – The economy in Illinois is showing more signs of improvement with unemployment rates falling in every metro area last month compared to a year ago. According to data released Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Employment ...

Forum will address roles unemployment, food security play in individuals' health

New Haven Register: Struggles with unemployment, food insecurity and unstable housing can take a serious toll on individuals' health, and stronger social supports could play a key role in improving their well-being, according to an advocacy group. While national health ...

Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February, the 12th straight month of across-the-board improvement.

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Unemployment in Pittsburgh region remains at 5.2 percent

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area remained stagnant from January to February at 5.2 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Unemployment shrank by 500 people while the total ...

Fremont County has state's second highest unemployment rate this month

County 10: (Casper, Wyo.) – The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.0% from January to February. Wyoming's unemployment rate was ...

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in February from 4.2 percent in January. The state's jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February.

Montana's unemployment rate dips to 4.3 percent

Great Falls Tribune: HELENA (AP) – Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to fall in February to 4.3 percent. The state Labor Department says total employment levels increased by 2,921 jobs in February, including more than 2,000 payroll jobs.

Unemployment in Pittsburgh region remains at 5.2 percent

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area remained stagnant from January to February at 5.2 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

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What If America's Unemployment Rate Is Really Wrong?

Forbes: Judging by the official unemployment rate, the American economy is getting rapidly back on track. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February 2015, meaning about 8.7 million people were officially unemployed. That rate has fallen ...

Metro Valdosta's unemployment rate declines to 6.5 percent in February

Valdosta Daily Times: Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov Connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @GeorgiaDOL, which can be easily accessed via our website at www.gdol.ga.gov.

Metro unemployment at 5.2% in February

DES MOINES | Unemployment settled at 5.2 percent in February after a 5.5-percent showing in January in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area -- the highest jobless rate of any urban cluster in Iowa, according to Iowa Workforce Development. All ...

El Paso County unemployment rate of 5.3 percent remains below national rate

El Paso Times: El Paso County's unemployment rate was below the national rate in February for the second consecutive month — something that has not happened in years, data released Friday show. The rate was 5.3 percent in February and 5.5 percent in January, the ...

What If America's Unemployment Rate Is Really Wrong?

Judging by the official unemployment rate, the American economy is getting rapidly back on track. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February 2015, meaning about 8.7 million people were officially unemployed. That rate has fallen dramatically from 10 percent immediately following the financial crisis and is now nearly on par with pre-recession rates of 4.5-5 percent.

Eurozone Unemployment Rate Lowest In Almost 3 Years

The Eurozone unemployment rate dropped in February to the lowest since May 2012 as companies stepped up employment amid strengthening confidence. Nonetheless, the jobless rate remained at an elevated double-digit level. The unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 11.3 percent in February from a revised 11.4 percent in January, data published by Eurostat showed Tuesday.

Metro unemployment at 5.2% in February

DES MOINES | Unemployment settled at 5.2 percent in February after a 5.5-percent showing in January in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area -- the highest jobless rate of any urban cluster in Iowa, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

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Unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent

Anniston Star: Locally, Calhoun County's unemployment rate went from 7.1 percent in January to 6.5 percent and the number of people in the county who were employed rose from 42,559 to 42,986. Cleburne County showed similar changes dropping from 6.4 percent to 5.7 ...

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL..

Euro zone unemployment rate falls 11.3% in February from 11.4%

Nasdaq: Investing.com - The euro zone's unemployment rate fell to the lowest level since June 2012 in February, boosting optimism over the health of the region's economy, official data showed on Tuesday. In a report, Eurostat said that the euro zone's ...

Unemployment drops to 5.3% a historic low (sort of)

Israel's February unemployment rate fell to 5.3%, the lowest level since the Central Bureau of Statistics updated its methodology for calculating the unemployment rate. The change, however, was just in 2012, making comparisons with earlier data difficult.

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Consumer Prices in Eurozone Decline Again, but So Does Unemployment

New York Times: PARIS — The eurozone continues to flirt with deflation, an official report showed on Tuesday, as consumer prices fell in March for a fourth consecutive month. A separate report, though, showed the unemployment rate in the zone, a 19-nation currency ...

York County unemployment decreases again

YORK – York County's unemployment rate has decreased again, according to the Nebraska Department of Labor. The unemployment rate here in February dropped to 2.9 percent, from 3.2 percent in January.

Recession unemployment dogs older workers

BenefitsPro: “As the economy continues to recover and the unemployment rate falls, there are still far too many people struggling,” said Debra Whitman, chief public policy officer of the AARP. “Many Americans want to work as long as possible but our survey confirms ...

Southern Ga.'s unemployment rate declines to 7.1 percent

Valdosta Daily Times: ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region was 7.1 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in January. The rate in February 2014 was ...

German unemployment falls to new post-unification low

German unemployment fell in March to the lowest level since the country reunited in 1990 as the recovery in Europe's biggest economy continues to pick up speed, data showed on Tuesday. The number of people registered as unemployed in Germany fell by a seasonally-adjusted 15,000 to 2.798 million in February, the Federal Labour Office said. The unemployment rate -- which measures the jobless total ...

German unemployment at new post-unification low

German unemployment fell in March to the lowest level since the country reunited in 1990 as growth in Europe's biggest economy continues to pick up, official data showed on Tuesday. The number of people registered as unemployed in Germany fell by a seasonally-adjusted 15,000 to 2.798 million in February, the Federal Labour Office said. The unemployment rate -- which measures the jobless total ...

Alabama unemployment drops to 5.8 percent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is getting closer to being able to collect a salary, but he is not there yet. The state announced Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February. Bentley has promised not to accept a paycheck until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent. Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says another positive sign is ...

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