Jobless claims drop lower and lower

Initial jobless claims  declined to 348,000 claims from last week’s revised 353,000 claims, while continued claims declined by 9,000 resulting in an 'insured' unemployment rate of 2.6 percent

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    This chart shows the rate of initial and continued jobless claims over the past three years. The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has dropped steadily since peaking in 2009.
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Today’s jobless claims report showed that both initial and continued unemployment claims declined while seasonally adjusted initial claims continued to trend well below the closely watched 400K level.

Seasonally adjusted “initial” declined to 348,000 claims from last week’s revised 353,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 9,000 resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 2.6%.

Since the middle of 2008 though, two federal government sponsored “extended” unemployment benefit programs (the “extended benefits” and “EUC 2008” from recent legislation) have been picking up claimants that have fallen off of the traditional unemployment benefits rolls.

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Currently there are some 3.31 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 3.86 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 7.17 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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