Initial unemployment claims fall by 10,000 from last week

Both initial and continued unemployment claims continue in downward trend

This chart shows the total unemployment claims from the middle of 2008 through last week. In all, there are 8.4 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

Today’s jobless claims report showed a decline to both initial unemployment claims and continued unemployment claims as a significant declining trend continued to materialize for both initial and traditional continued claims.

Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment declined by 10,000 to 382,000 claims from last week’s revised 392,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 9,000 resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 3.0%.

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.

Currently there are some 4.27 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 4.13 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 8.40million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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