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  • Court strikes down Missouri law cutting jobless benefits

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that had cut the duration of the state’s unemployment benefits to one of the shortest periods in the …

  • U.S. weekly claims for jobless benefits hold steady

    WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, remaining at the lowest point since mid-April. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly benefit applications held …

  • Congress moves toward ending payroll tax cut fight

    The House kicked off debate today on extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for people out of work the longest, a showdown that many …

  • Consumers spend and earn more, layoffs slow

    Americans earned more and spent more last month, and the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than two years. At …

  • Jobless benefits ending for some

    More than 1,000 idled Idaho workers will lose their unemployment benefits next week unless Congress extends a federal program implemented two years ago to help sustain U.S. workers during the …

  • House approves additional jobless benefits

    Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million …

  • Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    Legislation to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months broke free of Senate Republican delaying tactics today.

  • Obama to GOP: Restore unemployment benefits now

    President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers today, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work …

  • New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply

    The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed.

  • Statistics point to economic recovery; jobseekers still in wait

    JoAnn Thomas is at the front of a wave. But she feels more like it’s about to crash into her. Next week, Thomas’ final unemployment

  • Jobless aid measure passes Senate

    The Senate voted Wednesday to extend a host of soon-to-expire elements of last year’s economic stimulus measure, including help for the jobless and money to help financially strapped states pay …



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