US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

WASHINGTON — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The job loss of […]

Unemployment claims smash record in Delaware

DOVER — Delaware saw almost 19,000 unemployment claims last week, shattering the record set just one week before. Data released by the federal government Thursday as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country indicates almost 6.65 million Americans filed unemployment claims for the week of March 22-28. Delaware’s official numbers for the whole month […]

A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past two weeks

WASHINGTON — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Combined with last week’s report that 3.3 million people sought unemployment aid two weeks ago, the U.S. economy […]

Some 3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly five times the earlier high

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — nearly five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment […]

Speak Out: Jobs and UD

Increase in jobs in February Hiring in the United States jumped in February as employers added 273,000 jobs, evidence that the economy was in strong shape before the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.5% last month, matching a 50-year low, down from […]

US added robust 273,000 jobs in February

WASHINGTON — Hiring in the United States jumped in February as employers added 273,000 jobs, evidence that the economy was in strong shape before the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.5% last month, matching a 50-year low, down from 3.6% in January. […]

Gordmans is hiring for stores in Milford, Seaford

As apparel and home décor retailer Gordmans converts two former Peebles stores downstate to its brand, the company will be hiring for those locations this month. The stores, in Milford Plaza, 654 North Dupont Highway, and Seaford Village Shopping Center, 22970 Sussex Highway, are scheduled to open March 17, according to Kristen Whitman, media liaison […]

US adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an economic expansion. Friday’s snapshot from the Labor Department showed hiring slipped […]

Jobless rate continues to rise in Delaware

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DOVER — Delaware’s jobless rate rose in November, the fifth month in a row the state has seen an increase. Delaware’s unemployment levels now sit at 3.8 percent, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor. The rate rose .1 percent from October to November, while nationally, unemployment dropped from 3.6 […]

Employers post more jobs in October in sign of solid economy

WASHINGTON — The number of available jobs jumped in October after hitting an 18-month low the previous month, a sign the job market remains strong. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of available positions rose 3.3% to nearly 7.3 million. That suggests that businesses remain confident enough in the economic outlook to create […]