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Jobless claims drop by 10,000

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.

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Jobless claims fell to 332,000 claims from 342,000 claims for the prior week, according to the latest jobless claims report.

Today’s jobless claims report showed a decline to both initial and continued unemployment claims as initial claims trended well below the closely watched 400K level. 

Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment claims declined by 10,000 to 332,000 claims from 342,000 claims for the prior week while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 89,000 claims to 3.024 million resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 2.4%.

 
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 1.91 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits. 

Taken together with the latest 3.61 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 5.52 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls. 

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