WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Monic Spencer during a career fair in Dallas. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. She keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been unemployed for more than a year.
INDIANAPOLIS | State workforce officials announced Monday that Indiana is on track to pay off its massive unemployment insurance debt to the federal government in the next four years.
INDIANAPOLIS | State officials have canceled a plan to suspend unemployment payments for more than 32,000 out-of-work Hoosiers that was prompted by automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester.
Economics is not an experimental science. We can't say to Congress, "Honorable ladies and gentlemen, please drastically raise taxes and cut spending all at once so we can measure the effects on the economy of changes in the federal government's budget." This is not what elected officials do.
INDIANAPOLIS | The state's most powerful business organization on Monday added its voice to the chorus of legislative leaders skeptical that Indiana can afford the 10 percent income tax cut proposed by Republican Gov.-elect Mike Pence.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels held a ceremonial mortgage burning outside the Statehouse Wednesday to celebrate early payment of $147 million of long-term state debt.
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is steadily reducing its unemployment insurance debt, but Hoosier businesses will continue paying an increasing annual penalty through at least 2014 as punishment for the state's unemployment fund shortfall.
INDIANAPOLIS | Extended unemployment benefits will end 10 weeks earlier for out-of-work Hoosiers who seek assistance starting Sunday.
CHICAGO| A Sauk Village man and 14 co-defendants have been indicted on allegations they siphoned about $8.7 million from Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota unemployment insurance companies, according to a government news release.
The long-suffering job market is ending the year better off than it began. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week has dropped by 10 percent since January.
In the latest sign that the economy is surging at year's end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession.
Many people are out of work here in Indiana and elsewhere in the country, and difficult choices have to be made. ("Ind. unemployment insurance overhaul continues," Sept. 29).
INDIANAPOLIS | An increase in Indiana's employer-paid unemployment insurance premiums has enabled the state to begin paying interest on its massive unemployment debt to the federal government.
INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier businesses cannot create subsidiaries consisting essentially of the original company in order to reduce their unemployment insurance tax rate, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers receiving unemployment insurance will notice changes to eligibility requirements beginning Saturday. These new rules are part of a law passed by the General Assembly making several changes to unemployment insurance over the next year.
The federal budget deficit is enormous, and the national debt is growing. So the pollsters are asking the public what should be done. The latest poll I've seen was done for NBC and the Wall Street Journal at the end of February. I found it on the Web by searching "NBC deficit poll."
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels enacted a fix for Indiana's insolvent unemployment insurance system Thursday that raises premiums for businesses and cuts benefits to the unemployed.
INDIANAPOLIS | Due to bank and government observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, unemployment insurance benefits will not be posted on debit cards Monday.
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