709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing. Yet the improvement will be put at risk by the sharp resurgence in confirmed viral infections to an […]

Unemployment drops to 6.9% and US adds a solid 638,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market showed a burst of strength in October, with employers adding 638,000 jobs and the unemployment rate tumbling to 6.9%. Still, the pace of hiring isn’t enough to rapidly soak up the millions of Americans who were thrown out of work by the pandemic recession. The job gain suggested […]

751,000 seek US jobless benefits as virus hobbles economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the face of the accelerating pandemic. A surge in viral cases and Congress’ failure so far to provide more aid for struggling individuals and businesses are […]

Unemployment rate keeps dropping but remains more than double the level from one year ago

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month but still far exceeds the unemployment level from one year ago. As of last month, 8.2% of Delawareans in the labor force were out of work. That’s down from 15.9% in May but more than twice the September 2019 rate of 3.9%, according to […]

US adds 661,000 jobs, unemployment rate drops to 7.9%

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 661,000 jobs in September, the third straight month of slower hiring and evidence from the final jobs report before the presidential election that the economic recovery has weakened. With September’s hiring gain, the economy has recovered only slightly more than half the 22 million jobs that were wiped out […]

US layoffs remain elevated as 837,000 seek jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery that began this summer. The Labor Department’s report, released Thursday, suggests that companies are still cutting a historically high number of jobs, though the weekly numbers have […]

Companies in former PPG plant hope to open by January

CHESWOLD — Companies set to occupy the former PPG paint plant and bring more than 100 jobs with them have ramped up hirings and plan to be fully operational by January, Kent Economic Partnership Executive Director Linda Parkowski said this week. Utah-based National Vinyl Products (also known as Duratec) and Shoreline Vinyl Systems of Denton, […]

Big improvement in state’s jobless rate but many still unemployed

DOVER — Both Delaware and the country as a whole are continuing the economic recovery from coronavirus, but the jobless data does offer some good news. According to figures released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% to 8.9% last month. In real terms, that means 44,500 members of […]

Amazon to hire 4,400 new employees in Maryland in expansion

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Amazon said it plans to hire up to 4,400 employees for its Maryland facilities as part of a major company-wide expansion accelerated by booming sales during the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that the new hires will add to the Seattle-based online retailer’s 17,500-person work force in Maryland. Amazon has […]

US layoffs remain elevated as job market’s gains weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures released by the Labor Department Thursday coincide with other recent evidence that the job market’s […]