Jobless Claims Remain at Half-Century Low Initial Claims, Fell to 204,000 in the Week Ended Sept. 8, 2018

 

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As reported at the WSJ, initial jobless claims have fallen to 204,000, the lowest level since December 1969. More great news for the Trump administration. How many good economic indicators must be done under President Donald Trump before it becomes obvious, the reason for the great economy is his policies and the tax cuts?

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The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell last week, remaining at a half-century low for the second-straight week.

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., fell by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 204,000 in the week ended Sept. 8, the Labor Department said Thursday. This is the lowest level since December 1969. Unemployment benefit applications were near this level last week too.

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected 210,000 new claims last week.

Data can be volatile from week to week. The four-week moving average of claims, a steadier measure, fell 2,000 to 208,000, also the lowest level since 1969.

Jobless claims have remained low in recent years, as the labor market continues to tighten and managers face difficulty finding qualified employees.

Thursday’s report showed the number of claims workers made for longer than a week declined by 15,000 to 1,696,000 in the week ended Sept. 1. The figure, also known as continuing claims, is reported with a one-week lag.



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