The figure of Americans applying for unemployment benefits surprisingly cut down last week, signifying an upturn in the labor market. This could be very fastidious news. If the economy will continue to rise, possible revival will soon be realized. At some point recovery seems implausible but turn of events is favoring us and results are even enthralling.
Early reports from the Labor Department said on Thursday, state unemployment benefits fell 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, waning for a second straight week. The preceding week’s claims number was altered to demonstrate 3,000 more applications received than earlier reports. According to Reuters’ poll, economists had expected first-time applications to mount to 355,000.
The four-week inconsistent average for new claims, an improved measure of labor market trends, also fell 7,000 to 348,750 pointing to some firming in underlying labor market conditions. Since March 2008, this has been the lowest number. No states had been estimated and there were no special factors influencing the report, says a Labor Department analyst. According to a Reuters’ survey of economists, employers probably added 160,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, a small pick-up up from January’s 157,000 count. That would just be enough to hold the jobless rate steady at 7.9%. The figures due on Friday have no bearing on February’s employment report as it falls outside the survey period. Economists claim job increases of about 250,000 per month over a constant period are needed to significantly change the ranks of the unemployed. Job escalation averaged 200,000 in the last three months. Companies have no plans hiring domestic demand remains lackluster even though layoffs decreased. Claims stay pushed in the low end of a 330,000 to 375,000 range for this year. Federal Reserve last year to launch an open-ended bond buying program because high unemployment provoked them. The U.S. central bank said it would keep up the program until there was a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market. In testimony to Congress last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled the central bank would press forward with plans to buy $85 billion in bonds per month. The amount of populace still getting benefits under regular state programs after the first week of aid rose 3,000 to 3.1 million in the week ended Feb. 23. It was the lowest since July 2008 the four-week moving average of so-called continuing claims.
by fishskinfreak20086 years ago
Web-site/URL: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Firsttime … 8.html?x=0Obviously, this is yet another sign that we are NOT fully on the way to recovery yet.
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