Jobless claims declined by 16,000 to 339,000 claims, according to Thursday's jobless claims report. Currently there are some 1.79 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.
The IRS will shut its doors to the public for five days in the coming months due to federal budget cuts. IRS closure dates and other news from around the economy this week.
Jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 352,000 claims from 348,000 claims for the prior week, according to Thursday's jobless claims report.
A bigger-than-expected drop in jobless claims might mean the employment picture isn't as bleak as thought. But retail sales disappointed, and consumer sentiment is still gloomy.
Jobless claims declined by a notable 42,000 to 346,000 claims from 388,000 jobless claims for the prior week.
Jobless claims declined by 10,000 to 332,000 claims from 342,000 claims for the prior week, according to Thursday's jobless claims report from the Department of Labor.
Long term unemployment worsened in February, with the percentage out of work 27 weeks or more increasing to 40.2 percent of all unemployed workers.
Jobless claims declined by 7,000 to 340,000 claims from 347,000 jobless claims for the prior week.