The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in September than in August, after receiving thousands more applications last month.
OPM completed 12,563 retirement claims in September — the most claims processed in a single month so far this year and 1,063 more than it expected to complete last month. The agency received 11,952 new claims in September, 4,952 more than it anticipated, and 2,979 more than it received in August. The backlog now stands at 41,176 claims, down 33 percent since January. Continue reading “Retirement claims surge in September”
By Vicki Needham – 10/05/12 10:28 AM ET
The unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent in September, to 7.8 percent, shaking up estimations of the presidential race and providing welcome news for President Obama just a month before Election Day.
The economy added only 114,00 jobs, yet the unemployment rate still dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8.
Total employment rose by 873,000 in September, a significant jump that could help explain the drop in the unemployment rate.
The report revised figures up in July and August, and it showed more people are now entering the workforce. This is also the first report to be released since the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced it had undercounted employment for the previous year by 386,000. Continue reading “Jobless rate drops to 7.8 percent; economy adds 114,000 jobs”
By Vicki Needham – 09/07/12 08:31 AM ET
The economy added 96,000 jobs in August, falling well short of expectations and dealing a blow to President Obama as he heads out Friday on a three-state campaign swing.
The figure is a buzz kill for Democrats after a rousing week at their party convention and shows the labor market is still struggling as the economy goes through another summer slowdown.
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. Continue reading “Economy adds 96K jobs, unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent”