Jobless claims fall sharply

Written by MCJStaff   // December 6, 2013   // 0 Comments

Kyle Kammeraad of Whitehall, who lost his job as a molder for a GM supplier, waits with others for hours to get into the packed unemployment insurance agency office on Plainfield Ave NE. Kammeraad hoped to settle a dispute with the agency so he can begin receiving payments.
” I haven’t had a check in months and money is getting tight” he said.
( Press Photo/Rex Larsen )

Article courtesy of USA TODAY via “The Rundown”

The number of Americans filing initial claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, adding to other reports that could foreshadow a better-than-expected jobs report this week.

Initial jobless benefit applications fell 23,000 to 298,000 the week ending November 30, the lowest in nearly three months. The four-week moving average, a more reliable measure that smooths out volatility, declined 10,750 to 322,250.

Economists had forecast that 321,000 Americans filed first-tjme claims last week.

Applications have dropped in seven of the past eight weeks. Jobless claims are typically a reliable measure of the labor market because they reflect the level of layoffs.

Private payroll processor ADP this week said businesses added a better-than-expected 215,000 jobs in November, the most in a year.

The consensus forecast of economists is that the Labor Department will report Friday that employers added 180,000 jobs last month.


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