Economy

First-time claims for unemployment insurance jumped to 965,000 last week amid signs of a slowdown in hiring due to pandemic restrictions, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The total was worse than Wall Street estimates of 800,000 and above the previous week’s total of 784,000. Markets reacted little to the number, as the decline in economic
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Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., March 1, 2017. Brian Snyder | Reuters Unemployment for the lowest-paid workers in the U.S. is above 20%, a figure that Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said underscores the importance of policy help
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Job creation came to a halt in December as restrictions brought on by surging Covid-19 cases hammered virus-sensitive industries. The Labor Department reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls fell by 140,000. That was below expectations for 50,000 from economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The unemployment rate was 6.7%, compared to the 6.8% estimate.Since a recovery that
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The number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time unexpectedly fell last week, marking its second straight decline. Initial jobless claims declined by 19,000 to 787,000 in the week ended Dec. 26, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected initial jobless claims to rise to 828,000. The previous
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Jobless claims rose less than expected last week as employers weighed a wintertime spike in Covid-19 cases against expected relief from a pending $900 billion stimulus package, according to a Labor Department report published Wednesday. The number of first-time unemployment-benefits filers decelerated to 803,000 in the week ending Dec. 19. Economists polled by Dow Jones
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Jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pressure the economy while lawmakers struggle to push through new government aid, the Labor Department said Thursday. The number of first-time unemployment-benefits filers totaled 885,000 in the week ending Dec. 12, the most since the week of Sept. 5. Economists polled by Dow
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Warren Buffett Gerry Miller | CNBC Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, urged Congress to extend aid to small businesses as they continue to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s an economic war,” Buffett told CNBC’s Becky Quick on “Squawk Box,” speaking alongside Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon about helping small
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We still haven’t seen “the storm before the calm.” So says Alejandra Grindal, senior international economist at Ned Davis Research, despite the market’s run to record highs, reignited Tuesday by positive announcements around a Covid-19 vaccine. The U.K. began rolling out Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine to its citizens Tuesday, just as the U.S. Food and
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Teresa Nguyen, a respiratory therapist, goes over a patient’s charts inside a room for people with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a hospital in Hutchinson, Kansas, November 20, 2020. Callaghan O’Hare | Reuters The U.S. economy will recover faster than expected in part because the sectors most susceptible to the most recent coronavirus spread aren’t
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LONDON — Saxo Bank says universal basic income could become a permanent reality next year, triggering a “seismic rebalancing” of society as workers wave “bye-bye” to big city life. In a report entitled “Outrageous Predictions,” the Danish bank on Tuesday outlined 10 “outlandish forecasts” for 2021, although it did stress these are not its “official”
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