Unemployment filings at more than 2-month high
September 15th, 2011
08:50 AM ET

Unemployment filings at more than 2-month high

The latest round of bad news from the unemployment front:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - First-time unemployment claims rose again last week, reflecting a job market that is still struggling to get on a consistent road to recovery.

About 428,000 Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, up from a revised 417,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It marked the highest level of new claims since late June.

Question is, will this help the White House make their case on the jobs bill? Or help the GOP make theirs?


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Many more to come.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Howard


      September 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  2. Ray E. Georgia

    This is the result of 75 years of Libreal, Democrat, Social Engineering coming home to Roost. People voted for this over many years. We are going right back to the 1930's, like it or not.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  3. Jay in NC

    It is interesting to look back, read the speeches / promises made by this president.

    "A Rescue Plan for the Middle-Class"
    Monday, October 13th, 2008
    Toledo, Ohio


    In the speech he talks about how horrible the employment numbers are, that he has a plan to divert us from certain catastrophe. Mind you that unemployment was at 6.2% during September and the country had enjoyed about 7 years of 5% unemployment under President Bush.I guess those numbers don't sound so bad after all.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  4. Joe

    Obama will be Plagiarizing his resume once again

    September 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  5. Sam the younger

    Full employment comes with a balanced budget. Why are we allowing Obama to tell us what to do? Let's face it Obama
    has zero idea of how to get this country working again. If Obama really want to get people working he must put money
    in the middle classes pocket. He could do this by having congress pass a 6 month income tax holilday. Business would
    boom over night. Yes, we could afford it if we start cutting worthless social programs. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Food Stamps are bankrupting this country.


    September 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  6. I Pray The Republican Away

    Hey teabaggers what happened to the job creators you guys went on and on about?

    September 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Josh

      They're either going broke or fleeing the country. The president's own numbers bear this out. IRS figures show that the people the prez loves to hate belong on the endangered species list: those Americans making over $10 million a year are down by 40%. I guess when you hate the rich, they leave and take their money with them. So now we're stuck with people like you. Oh, and thanks for the hateful lewd placard, you mindless drone. Say hi to the man for me.

      September 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • John

      Where is the leadership in this country? You blame the tea party? Stop drinking the cool-aid. Three years of this president and the country is worse off than almost anytime in it's existance – and somehow you libs try to blame anyone or anything but the person in charge.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Miike

      Common on, Obama and the Dem. ruled for two years and increased our debts three times and wrote so many regulations that prevented business to grow. Rep. were voted in the house (soon the Senate come 2012) and tried to help the USA, but the Dem in the senate, Obama's admin., and the media are preventing it from happening.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  7. California Conservative

    I hope all the liberal socialists went to Attack Watch and got their talking points for today.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Josh

      Someone report me to Attack Watch. Oh no! I'm criticizing 44! Someone help us!

      September 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  8. fahrenheit451bookstore

    These guys are scum; they could sign on this jobs plan now and help out millions of unemployed workers at little expense to their wealthy friends and corporate donors but they are going to hold out just so they have a slim chance of doing it their way while millions struggle daily they are going to play semantics and political football with your jobs they are not concerned with your wellbeing they are interested in their party and power; not the people, The reason we are in this predicament is not the stimulus or failed Obama policies which if didn’t fully develop at least staved off a bigger disaster it’s the long lagging wars with its billion’s in monthly cost and the collapse of their corporate giants in investment, banking and mortgages that sent the economy into a nose dive it’s lets not forget it was the failure to regulate these giants that helped get us here let’s not repeat that disaster in government oversight.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Josh

      okay...wait a minute. couple'a things wrong here. primarily chris dodd (d) and barney frank (d) rewrote regulations and got sweetheart deals from mortgage lenders. these rewrites made it possible for lenders to lower standards for lending and then bundle these sub primes and sell them to fannie mae and freddie mac. that's funny, i thought those were (d)s by their names. oh, wait, that's right. they're democrats. you can have your own opinions, but you aren't entitled to your own facts.

      September 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • John

      If the current plan is so good, and it isn't, why are so many dems coming out against the so called jobs bill. The last stimulas didn't work and the "son of stimulas" is more of the same".

      September 16, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  9. Jay in NC

    Liberals want to complain about President Bush's unemployment numbers. The truth is it was not that bad.

    President Bush
    2 months 7 % – 7.9 %
    12 months 6 % – 6.9 %
    48 months 5 % – 5.9 %
    34 months 4 % – 4.9 %

    On the other hand Barry has had a dismal record.
    1 month 10 % – 11%
    25 months 9 % – 9.9 %
    5 months 8 % – 8.9 %

    When Barry announced his presidency on Feb 10, 2007, unemployment was a whopping 4.5 %. He certainly brought us change we can believe in.


    September 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  10. Britton

    Funny, the jobs numbers started tanking when the republicans got settled into the house majority. Coincidence? Not likely.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      "Numbers started tanking" ? Where have you been for the past three years?

      September 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • Josh

        dude! is that guy serious? STARTED tanking? they started tanking right when Dems took over the house in '06 and rewrote the mortgage lending rules that precipitated the housing crisis. they haven't recovered since.

        September 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Stonesrule

    Source: XFINITY WASHINGTON — "The Obama administration ignored repeated warnings about a clean-energy loan program that has become an embarrassment for the White House amid the collapse of a California solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal loans.

    At least three reports by federal watchdogs over the past two years warned that the Energy Department had not fully developed the controls needed to manage the multibillion-dollar loan program that provided more than $528 million to Solyndra Inc., a now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer."

    Since CNN viewers won't ever run across this.......and we expect this administration to bail us out of economic disaster?!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Josh

      names of companies that took stimulus funds and then went bankrupt: solyndra, evergreen solar, and spectrawatt. names of companies that went bankrupt, then took stimulus funds, then went bankrupt again: mountain plaza inc. it's possible that this whole green energy thing has flustered ol' 44 a bit.

      September 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  12. James

    Who we going to blame ????–Bush and the Republicans of course–Oh wait–That was almost 3 years ago–Hmmm–Must be "Obama" and the rest of his gang–Maybe the House of Representatives or the Senate–We are running out of people to blame here–China?-Japan?-Texas?-Iowa?–No wait–Its got to be California and the former Governor Arnold Whats His Name–Personally I'm happy with blaming Obama and his Snot Nosed Staff of incompetents–

    September 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    John; if you ran me down with a car, I survived somehow by the grace of GOD; I'm in the hospital trying to recover, the doctor is now in charge of trying to brin back some simulance of a quality of life; trying several surgeries, trying different medications, having to bring in other doctors for consultations, etc., I'm yet recovering slowly anyhow...WHOSE FAULT IS IT? THE DOCTORS? If someone asked what happened to me, wouldn't it stand to reason that anyone in their right minds would say YOU ran over me?

    September 16, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • John

      Typical lib deflection – but here you go. If the doctor actually made you worse and continued to make you worse with everything he or she tried to do you (or your family) would be smart to find a different doctor.
      This guy and his party got a health care bill through that the majority of Americans did not want – so it proves he can get what he wants done – he just doesn't know what to do. I told you before, Bush was bad for this country – he was so bad he made it possible for BO to get elected. I am an independent and not a republican because of Bush. Open your eyes – you are now in a very small minority who thinks this guy has a clue. You think everyone else is wrong and you are right? Well, you are not, you are left. The left put us in the position we are in today with the things they have done and promoted for the last 3 years. Bush was bad, but he has been history for years now.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...Ultimately, it would be your fault that I was put in this position in the first place! If I died, it would be your fault, not the doctors. Now you all are berating the OBAMA administration (the doctors) dismissing, denouncing and denigrating every effort that they've devised to try to bring America back to its feet! Where was all the screaming and yelling when BUSH was bringing us here? You had 8 years to scream! You want us ALL to forget the real reason we're here as if it never happened! NEVER HAPPEN!

    September 16, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • John

      Your doctor is a good example of malpractice. You can't compare an accident to what this guy has done deliberately.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:30 am |
      • C-Lo

        I would disagree with you to an extent, John. I think this example is more like getting hit by a car, being mangled and then calling your chiropractor to fix the problem. This is not someone who is equipped to handle the crisis, and instead of referring us to a surgeon, he continues his spinal manipulations because he thinks that's what'll work. When it doesn't, he brings in more chiropractors. THAT'S the mal-practice.

        Secondly, as Jay has pointed out, economy (as measured by unemployment) headed south after Dem's took control of Congress in 07. The left wants to blame Republicans for being obstructionist, when in fact they came in in 2011, offered several proposals in the House to be stonewalled by the Senate and WH. These are the surgeons we need to fix the car wreck caused by a Dem Congress and the Chiropractor in Chief is blocking them out of the operating room, or at best, taking away their scalpels.

        If you don't think the Republicans' ideas work, then please explaing the salvaging of the economy after 9/11.

        September 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The 'person in charge' is not a tyrant. Furthermore, he's just the President, the one who presides over the 3 branches of government. This nation has never been run by just one man. Bush didn't even personally carry out all of those failed policies alone! Cheney and Rumsfeld were the BIG MEN in all of it! I BELIEVE THEY TOLD HIM WHAT TO DO! The reason Bush gets dubbed is because he was by title, 'in charge'. If you keep berating, dismissing and disrespecting our PRES, we'll take you back to the beginning!

    September 16, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    One more thing! It's mighty strange that when truly genuine efforts of the WH and it's administrational staff go awry or just half-way; don't meet the expected total and complete results as hoped for; example; 'the clean air loan program', due to a failed California Solar energy company, Oh that news is blasted and plastered all over the media as OBAMAS' fault; this happened under his watch..he's the one in charge! Anything positive under his watch, like catching OBL,.Bush and the Seals did that! Not him!

    September 16, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  17. LDJ

    Liz Carter, you are obviously very passionate about the president and will likely vote for him, his policies, and political cronies no matter how badly he fails. That's fine. Your kind will balance out the extremists on the right. In the meantime, the middle which is mostly center-right, will push the political envelope and adopt policies that take the best from both sides of the aisle. I think the 70% of the population that falls in the middle have had about enough of the loonies on both sides. Moderates will win the day...hopefully! Cheers!

    September 16, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The point I am making is, I wouldn't have even been faced with a potential malpractice suit had it not been for John! C-lo, Bush was still the President in 2007...you all keep talking about who is in charge!...who's supposed to be the 'leader'!...Well BUSH was the leader! So don't even try to go there. John the democrats that are oming out against him are 'DIXIECRATS', there IS a difference you know! I wouldn't doubt that they're getting their palms greased right along with their co-conspirators, the GOP!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @LDJ, Hopeful huh? Nice theory! LOL! Yep, you may have some there...my kind will continue to balance out the extremists on the other side. They have failed over and over. Just about everyone of the recent GOP administrations have failed or implemented policies that have failed. We're still suffering under the bondage of the last one...and they want THEIR COUNTRY BACK? BTW, I play my cards like OBAMA tries to do sometimes...center-left, OK? Of course it's not enough for the center-right! It's still HELL NO!

    September 18, 2011 at 11:57 am |