Jobless claims: initial claims jump 43,000 from last week

Jobless claims report shows an increasing number of both initial and continued unemployment claims

This chart shows continued and initial unemployment claims from the beginning of 2009 through last week. The latest report shows initial claims back to the level seen in February.

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

Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment increased by 43,000 to 474,000 claims from last week’s revised 431,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims increased by 74,000 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 4.12 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 3.78 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 7.90 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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