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New Jobless Claims Slide to 420,000 in Latest Report

The slowly improving tone to the U.S. job market continued with the latest weekly report on new unemployment claims. The less volatile four-week moving average also dropped again, to 422,750. That's its lowest level since August 2008.

Initial Jobless Claims Resume Their Downtrend

The latest jobless claims show how volatile the weekly data can be. The previous week's seasonally adjusted increase of 28,000 was followed by the latest week's drop of 17,000 to 421,000, much better than expected. Continuing claims also tumbled.

A Thanksgiving Setback for Jobless Claims

Initial jobless claims rose 26,000 to 436,000 in the latest week, but Labor Department officials caution that the report contains a seasonal adjustment associated with the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The more-telling four week average fell again, to 431,000.

New Jobless Claims Drop, Approach Key Level

There was excellent news on the labor front this week as the government reported that initial jobless claims plunged 34,000 to 407,000. Jobless claims are now nearing a key threshold that would suggest commercial activity is increasing at a pace that would prompt more companies to resume hiring.

Qualified Good News From Initial Jobless Claims

The latest weekly initial claims report showed a small increase, some 2,000 higher to 439,000. The more-telling four-week moving average dropped by 4,000 to 443,000, and continuing claims fell another 48,000 to 4.3 million. Overall, that's all qualified good news.

Another Big Drop for Initial Jobless Claims

merica's labor market got more good news with word of a 24,000 drop, to 435,000, in weekly jobless claims. A Bloomberg survey had expected a total of 450,000. In perhaps better news, the four-week moving average sank another 10,000 to 446,500.

Initial Jobless Claims Higher Than Expected

In another setback on the employment front, initial jobless claims jumped a larger than anticipated 20,000 to 457,000, the Labor Department announced Thursday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted initial jobless claims would total 443,000.

Initial Jobless Claims Tumble to Lowest Level Since July

America's bedraggled labor market got a boost today with the latest weekly initial jobless claims unexpectedly plunging 21,000 to 434,000. The four-week moving average also fell. While it's only one week's data, the report is a surprisingly good sign for employment.

Jobless Claims Fall as Recovery Sputters Along

U.S. initial jobless claims fell by 23,000 to 452,000 last week, but the decline was offset somewhat by the fact that the prior week%u2019s claims total was revised upward by 13,000. The numbers were a little better than expected, but still not enough to indicate a recovery gaining momentum.

Initial Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise 13,000 to 462,000

Just call this week%u2019s labor report a wash: Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped 13,000 to 462,000, but continuing claims plunged another 112,000, and the trend in state-level claims continues to provide evidence that the period of layoffs is subsiding.

Fewer Initial Jobless Claims Offer Some Hope

This week's initial jobless claims report offered news of decent progress on the labor front, as claims fell 11,000 to 445,000. That's the lowest since early July. Still, any number over 400,000 shows there's still a long way to go.

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop More Than Expected

The number of new and continuing jobless claims fell last week more than economists had expected, a sign of modest progress in the labor market. After a seasonal rise this summer, claims appear to be trending lower.

Jobless Claims Come In Higher Than Expected

The U.S. labor market turned in mixed performance this week as initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose 12,000 to 465,000. However, continuing claims fell another 48,000 to 4.49 million, and the less-volatile four-week moving average decreased 3,250 to 463,250.

Hopes Rise as Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

Initial jobless claims dipped more than expected to 450,000 last week, while continuing claims plunged 84,000 to 4.49 million, signaling another week of modest progress on the labor front. Economists and policy makers hope that after a rise boosted in part by seasonal, summer layoffs, jobless claims, which have decreased about 11% since early summer, will keep trending lower this fall.

Initial Jobless Claims Take a Hopeful Dive

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly plunged 27,000 to 451,000, the U.S. Labor Department says. That's a long shot better than what a Bloomberg survey had forecast: It found initial jobless claims would dip to 470,000.

A Small Step Forward for Initial Jobless Claims

With the latest weekly initial jobless claims declining 6,000 to 472,000, the U.S. labor market has eked out some modest improvement. Still, jobless claims need to drop below 400,000 during the next two quarters to show broad economic gains.

Initial Jobless Claims Fall by 31,000 to 473,000

The Labor Department's jobless report finally brought a bit of good news Thursday: Initial jobless claims fell by an unexpectedly large 31,000 last week to 473,000. Unemployment remains at a level that policy makers consider unacceptably high, but at least it may be heading in the right direction.

Jobless Claims Hit a Nine-Month High of 500,000

Initial jobless claims continue to trend in the wrong direction, this time unexpectedly rising 12,000 to 500,000. If the uptrend persists, it would likely lead to lower corporate revenue and U.S. GDP growth in the third quarter.

Initial Jobless Claims Make a Surprise Jump

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly surged by 19,000 to 479,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, but the statistic was likely skewed higher by the normal, seasonal industrial shutdowns that happen every year in late summer.

Jobless Numbers Deliver Mixed Messages

It was a mixed-progress week on the labor front as initial jobless claims fell a better-than-expected 11,000 to 457,000, but continuing claims rose 81,000 to 4.57 million, the Labor Department reported.

New Jobless Claims Rise on Seasonal Factors

Initial jobless claims rose 37,000 to 464,000. However, Labor Department officials caution that the initial jobless statistic can be especially volatile in July/August, due to annual factory shut-downs to retool. Even so, the four-week moving average continues to trend higher, rising 1,250 to 456,000 -- a trend that will have to reverse to give investors confidence that the economic recovery is strong enough to reduce the U.S.'s high 9.5% unemployment rate.

Good News, Bad News on Jobless Claims

There were mixed results on the employment front this week, as initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell by 29,000 to 429,000, but continuing claims surged 247,000 to 4.68 million.

New Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected

After a string of disappointing reports, employment made some modest progress in the week ending July 3. Initial jobless claims fell by 21,000 to 454,000, the U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday.

Rising Jobless Claims Point to a Still-Weak Labor Market

Initial jobless claims continue to trend in the wrong direction: They rose 13,000 to 472,000 last week, the Labor Department said, and are now up 3.5% since January. The more-telling four-week moving average also rose, by 3,250 to 466,500.

Initial Claims Drop, but Job Growth Is Still Weak

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week by 19,000 to 457,000. Even so, the high level of continuing claims, 4.55 million, indicates that hiring remains tepid despite more than two quarters of economic growth.

Jobless Claims Dip, But Gains Seem Stalled

This week%u2019s 14,000 drop in initial jobless claims to 460,000 speaks to the progress the nation has made in reducing layoffs, but the rolling average tells a less positive story. And the aftereffects of the recession mean it will be at least 18 months before unemployment falls to near normal levels.

Initial Jobless Claims Jump Unexpectedly

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped by 25,000 to 471,000 for the week ending May 15, another reflection of the slow, uneven progress the nation is making in reducing unemployment levels.

Weekly Jobs Report Shows Little Progress

Initial jobless claims dipped only marginally, and continuing claims inched higher, the Labor Department said. But on a state-by-state basis, there are signs of a positive labor trend building.

Jobless Claims Surge on Year-End Filings

Jobless claims jumped 36,000 to 482,000 for the week ending January 16, 2010, but the Labor Department says that the surge was primarily due to an administrative factor -- a flood of filings during the year-end holiday period.

Initial Jobless Claims Jump Higher

More mixed progress on the employment front, as initial jobless claims rose to 444,000 for the week ending Jan. 9. However, continuing claims plunged 211,000 to 4.60 million, their lowest total in a year.