The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. The increase may reflect volatility around the Thanksgiving holidays.
Congress has easily approved legislation ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker is calling for up to five unpaid furlough days to address a $152 million budget gap.
Arlington National Cemetery officials say they will avoid furloughs this year that are being imposed in other parts of government as a result of automatic budget cuts.
President Barack Obama is opening the door to the possibility of a resumption of White House tours, if it can be worked out.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may be compelled to furlough the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.