Jobless claims rise to January level

Jobless claims in the latest report rose by 25,000 for initial claims and fell by 68,000 for continued claims

This chart shows initial and continued unemployment claims from Jan. 2009 through last week. Initial claims jumped by 25,000 last week to the highest level since Jan. 2011.

Today’s jobless claims report showed a notable decline to initial unemployment claims and an increase to continued unemployment claims as a rising trend continued to materialize for initial claims.

Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment increased by 25,000 to 429,000 claims from last week’s revised 404,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 68,000 resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 2.9%.

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 4.16 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 3.89 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 8.05 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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