More People Applied For Unemployment Benefits

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, the second rise in three weeks, a sign the job market's recovery is slow and uneven.

The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits jumped 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 for the week ending April 23. That's the highest total since late January.

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose to 408,500, its third straight rise and the first time it has topped 400,000 in two months.

Applications near 375,000 are consistent with sustained job creation. Applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.

Some economists predicted that auto factory shutdowns, stemming from supply disruptions in Japan, would cause applications to rise. But a Labor Department analyst said only one state reported auto-related layoffs and the increase was modest.


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  • by ! Location: Colerain Tomorrow on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    If it were'nt for the tornados that came threw ENC a few days ago I would still be unemployed.Two long weeks of clean up and back to the social service building to reapply for food,power,and telephone aid.Anyway,way to go Obongo.No construction going on (because of you) but plenty of obama schleprock destruction.
  • by ? on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    Well, the GOP has only been at this for about 4 months, while President Obama has had over 2 years with the majority in both houses. So who should I blame for this, the Democrats who have had complete control since 2007 or the Republicans who have just taken their seats? Or should I dig deep, lets say 1920s, when FDR introduced all the "freebies" that we still have today? So what the answer? It's the combination of both parties that caused all of this; all they do is bicker and yell at each other like a bunch of six year olds, and then expect everything to be fixed. But what do I know, I'm just some dumb 24 year old.
  • by GOP Promised Jobs Location: Unemployment line on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    All those tax cuts for wealthy fat-cats doesn't seem to be working. Where's the jobs MISTER BOEHNER? Hey NC legislature, all you Repubs said jobs were on the way. Where is they???? Looks like less taxes and less jobs go hand in hand. Republicans promised, but can't deliver.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to GOP Promised Jobs
      The GOP just took over in January, they cant work a miricle on what the Democrats have done the past two years. Where are all the jobs Obama promised when he passed the stimulis?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to
        TWO stimuluses
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        by GOP Promised Jobs on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:26 PM in reply to
        They took office in January, but campaigned for over a year claiming to have a solution. Nearly 5 months later, and nothing but crickets. As to Obama, GM has rebounded, and Chrysler will have its debt paid back in June, so the stimulus is working.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:21 PM in reply to GOP Promised Jobs
          They had a solution and tried to put it through with their budget plan (you know the 2001 budget plan that the Democrats were supposed to have passed in October) but the Democrats shot it down and Obama threatened to veto it. Didnt Obama campaign to create jobs? He has had 2 years, the Republicans have had 4 months (not 5) to get anything done. Ding, Ding, Ding. you hit the nail on the head on this one. GM and Chrystler are both what? Any idea? They are UNIONS. UNIONS contribute significantly to the Democratic party in campaign donations, of course he helped them, when in fact, we should have let them fall flat on their faces. It was poor management that put them in that position, not Bush. Ford didnt need to take any money and they just posted their best quarter yet. See it is amazing what a little bit of hard work and financial responsibility will get you. Maybe the Obama administration needs to take a trip to Ford Motor Co. and see how it is done, instead of playing golf or going on vacations. As of right now we do not have a president we have a candidate, that is now his main focus and will be until November 2012, when he is voted out. "One and Done"
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    Why are people continuing to say "job market recovery" when we have the highest number of people out of the work force, the highest number of people unemployed and under employed in history and continued increases in the newly unemployed?? We also have 20% of the population getting welfare checks and only 47% of all Americans working.
  • by cj on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Hope and Change.... we're changing alright. Fresh outta hope.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    And the economy is doing so much better now! We just read the story and several posters who say its recovering....from koolaid drinking! That Obama has it going on with his plans to tax the weathly so they spend less on jobs. Does he even understand how our economy works...no..no and no....We need a leader in 2012....
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      by Fact Bringer on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:13 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      All the oil companies and banks are reporting record-breaking profits, so the wealthy are technically doing better now than they ever have before. I reckon we're just waiting for our trickle-down money, huh?
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        by OSOC on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to Fact Bringer
        So when did that budget get passed? Were you referring to Imelts at CEO of GE not paying taxes on earnings? Isn't that guy on Obamas business advisor group? Hey, isn't he the guy that helped to get Obama elected so he could get billion dollar contracts from the government? You bettcha!
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          by Fact Bringer on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to OSOC
          I'm not referring to one particular CEO or one particular company, I'm saying all of them are making record profits. Both political parties have contributed to making the wealthy more wealthy, over the past year, and over the past 50 years. Same trend. Obama might as well wear a wallstreet jersey- he was bought and sold by the banking industry.
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        by Superdave on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:33 PM in reply to Fact Bringer
        Hey talk about fat cats, one of Obamas buddies who runs General Electric was so bad that GE never paid a cent in taxes. Now what is wrong with this picture?
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          by Fact Bringer on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:20 PM in reply to Superdave
          What's wrong with the picture is that both parties are guilty of this.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:53 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Wonder where Lavon is on this one????? Didn't he / she just say how good everything is under Obama and how the economy is recovering????
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        by OSOC on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to
        As a matter of fact Lavon did say that...I still think the country is in ICU and Lavon thinks its rehab...you know what is really funny? Lavon said he will vote for Obama again...now thats funny...throws a whole new meaning to fool me twice...
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          by Fact Bringer on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to OSOC
          Who are you going to vote for? My problem is I see no viable republican candidate right now.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to OSOC
          Of course, no fact bringer, we know that. The right doesn't seem to have that many socialists in that side...
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          by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to OSOC
          Well, Obama came out of nowhere and won. Whay cant a Republican or Conservative come out of nowhere and win? Who even heard of Obama before he put his bid in for the Democratic nomination?
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          by KR3 on Apr 28, 2011 at 01:12 PM in reply to OSOC
          Quote of the Day... "If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, you'll have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot."
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    What happened to all them people that got hired at MickyD's?Is this the recovery oblahma is talking about?
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      by KG on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to
      People like you kill me....it is actually funny, but OH SO SAD! You will use any platform to bash Obama and what you disagree with. However, take a breath and realize how dumb you sound.......the USA will always have crooks that do this type of stuff. They were around during Clinton, Bush and now Obama and for the presidents that follow. Sheeeeesh get over it already!!!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 28, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to KG
        You a Notsee? Do you not see the massive spending and debt...14 trillion dollars? Do you not realize that they took your credit cards and spent them, your families and their kids? Do you really think this debt doesn't matter? Ever heard of the Chinese? Haven't you been lied to enough by Obama or are you really a Notsee? This man is the worst president in the history of this nation and has done more damage to foreign, budget and the economy than any, even Carter. Your paying for it now at the pumps and grocery store then tell us to get over it. He is also the most corrupt with his associations to radicals and terrorist, however, Notsees do not see that. Party blind, like to be herded like sheep. Well, good luck with that hopey dopey thing, it ain't working and so ain't 2 in 10 people in this state.
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          by Fact Bringer on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:19 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          One of the tactics used by tea party candidates is to stroke the egos of "joiners" and make those who prefer to analyze feel like they "just don't get it" by calling them names and simplifying complex sociopolitical issues to a comic book hero vs. villain level. That's not helpful.
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