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Jobless claims drop more than expected

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New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week as layoffs ease and hiring slowly recovers.

The Labor Department said first-time claims dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 442,000. That's below analysts' estimate of 450,000, according to Thomson Reuters.

But most of the drop resulted from a change in the calculations the department makes to seasonally adjust the data, a Labor Department analyst said. The department updates its methods every year. Excluding the effect of those adjustments, claims would have fallen by only 4,000.

The four-week average of claims, which smooths volatility, dropped by 11,000 to 453,750, the lowest since September 2008, when the financial crisis intensified.

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  • Only for the rich
    This week I received a billing statement from the government regarding my unemployment benefits. It said "that I owe for the $25 stimulus" that I had received weekly from them. There was a glitch in their system and the state wants it back.
    I have been receiving unemployment for approx 4 mos after losing a job where I had been employed for almost 7 years.
    Then, in the national news this morning, the newscasters are talking about the banking bail out. Executives have received over 1.5 billion in bonuses!! Why is the government not making them pay it back?? Our system is broken. This has been an eye opening and very upsetting experience for me.
  • More Ponzi accounting
    Only in America can 400k-500k jobs being lost a month be bullish for the market and economy.
    Animal spirits and confidence must be restored at all costs even if the means are fraudulant and illegal.

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