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Quickie- U.S. jobless claims drop to 5-1/2 year low



This ignoring of good news with the economy seems to now be a feature, not a bug, of our country's journalism, Bet Nightly News with be jobless claim free tonight.

(Reuters)The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly last week, touching a 5-1/2 year low, suggesting a steadily improving labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to rise to 345,000 last week.

While claims are extremely volatile in July because of summer auto plant shutdowns, the general tone of the report remained consistent with a pick-up in job gains.


U.S. Job Cuts Fall 4.5% in May from April, Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected


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New claims for unemployment benefits fell to 346,000 last week from an upwardly-revised 357,000 the week prior. Claims were expected to fall to 345,000 from an initially-reported 354,000.

Employers announced plans to lay off 36,398 workers in May, which represents a 4.5% decline from April, and a 41% drop from the year prior, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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Jobless claims unexpectedly fall 7,000, declining for second straight week


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The Labor Department reports weekly jobless claims fell 7,000 to 340,000, declining for a second straight week. Economists expected claims to rise to 355,000. Continuing claims rose to 3.094 million from 3.091 million the week prior.

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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a continued steady improvement in labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to fall to 360,000.

"This is consistent with the good news coming out of the employment market, signs that things are getting better," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

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