Unemployment benefits claims drop to 346,000

While seasonally adjusted "initial" unemployment benefit claims continued to decline, "extended" unemployment benefit claims have gone up since the middle of 2008.

The number of seasonally adjusted "initial" unemployment claims went down from 355,000 to 346,000 claims over the last week. Overall, total continued unemployment claims has declined since 2010.

Yesterday’s jobless claims report showed a decrease 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 9,000 to 346,000 claims from 355,000 claims for the prior week while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 1,000 claims to 2.965 million resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 2.3%. 

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 1.70 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits. 

Taken together with the latest 2.77 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 4.48 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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