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Unemployment claims drop

Seasonally adjusted 'initial' unemployment declined to 370,000 claims from last week’s revised 372,000 claims while 'continued' claims declined by 29,000, resulting in an 'insured' unemployment rate of 2.6 percent.

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This chart shows the annual rate of initial and continued unemployment claims over the past three years. Initial claims dropped by 2,000 from last week.

Today’s jobless claims report showed a notable declined to both initial and continued unemployment claims while seasonally adjusted initial claims continued to trend well below the closely watched 400K level.

Seasonally adjusted “initial” declined to 370,000 claims from last week’s revised 372,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 29,000 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.

Currently there are some 2.93 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 3.15 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 6.08 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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