unemployment benefits

Jobless Claims Decline to 326,000

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dipped to 326,000 in the week ended October 2, a decline of 38,000 from the previous week.

A job listing board hangs at the East Bay Career Center February 2, 2006 in Oakland, California. According to a government report, U.S. unemployment benefits claims dropped to about 273,000 last week, sending a four-week average of claims to the lowest level in nearly six years. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty …

Maine to Start Paying Back to Work Bonus

Maine’s Democrat Gov. Janet Mills announced the “Back To Work” program Monday, which will give people who join the workforce a one-time payment, administered by the state’s Department of Labor and the Department of Economic and Community Development. 

Olivia Gray waits for customers at the Rose Eden and Lobster restaurant on July 08, 2019 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Maine’s lobsters are the most valuable commercial fishery in the state and the largest lobster fishery in the United States. Studies indicate that since 1982, temperatures in the Gulf of …

Carney: Enhanced Jobless Benefits May Be a Drag on Retail Trade Hiring

Job openings in the retail trade sector rose in February, according to data from the Department of Labor’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. In January, employers posted 793,000 help wanted notices. These rose to 817,000 in February.

But the number of hires actually fell in February, the second straight monthly decline.

In other words, the number of people retail businesses want to hire is rising. But the number of workers accepting jobs in retail trade is falling.

P20210122AS-0140: President Joe Biden adds a log to the fire in the Oval Office of the White House Friday, Jan 22, 2021. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)