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US unemployment claims fall to 326K, 5 -year low
AP via San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 1, 2013 | Paul Wiseman

Posted on 08/01/2013 5:58:53 AM PDT by John W

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 19,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the fewest since January 2008. The decline shows the job market continues to strengthen.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average slid 4,500 to 345,750. The July figures are typically volatile as the government adjusts for seasonal layoffs in the auto industry.

Still, the trend in weekly unemployment claims in recent months has been positive. Applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have fallen more than 12 percent this year. That's coincided with average job growth of 202,000 a month since January, up from an average of 180,000 in the previous six months.

On Friday, the government reports on July job growth and unemployment. Analysts forecast 183,000 jobs were added last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent from 7.6 percent in June.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: labordept; unemployment; unemploymentclaims
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1 posted on 08/01/2013 5:58:53 AM PDT by John W
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To: John W

I read it as, “There are so few people left working that the number of NEW applications for unemployment will have to decline.”


2 posted on 08/01/2013 6:00:07 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: John W

Bunk.

Bring back American jobs now.

Full-time American jobs.

Real American jobs.


3 posted on 08/01/2013 6:01:12 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: John W

4% of my company got furloughed last week, with many being let go.


4 posted on 08/01/2013 6:02:39 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John W; All

The U6 unemployment rate, however, shot up to 14.3% from 13.8%.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-adds-195000-jobs-in-june-unemployment-76-2013-07-05?link=MW_latest_news


5 posted on 08/01/2013 6:04:57 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John W

The left sneered and mocked Bush over “McJobs” but that’s virtually all there is to offer these days. Even two or three of them don’t equal a decent full time job.

And yet the left feeeeeeeeeel that Øbongo is doing just fine.


6 posted on 08/01/2013 6:07:20 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: John W

They’ve all been transisioned to disability payments- it’s a lot steadier than unemployment and you don’t have to go stand in line.


7 posted on 08/01/2013 6:07:41 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: John W

It’s more executive branch manipulation of things to win elections.

Don’t believe it any more than you believe the executive branch on Fast and Furious, the IRS, the DOJ, the FBI, State Dept [Benghazi], etc.

It’s marxist propoganda to win the House. If the marxists win the house, it’s not good for America. Can you imagine 0bama, Pelosi, and Reid again? Think what happened last time?

Praying....


8 posted on 08/01/2013 6:11:59 AM PDT by Principled
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To: rockrr

WOO HOO!!! The recovery is here, the recovery is here!! Yay for us. We must be at almost full employment by now. It took 5 and a half years but we’re finally here. Enough sarcasm I guess. No, king hussein, the economy still stagnates and you’re still the PLIC. Too bad the KXL will only provide 5 jobs once it’s finished. (just a little more sarc)


9 posted on 08/01/2013 6:12:50 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: John W

How does the supposed good economic news being fabricated this week jive with the president deciding he needed to pivot to the economy last week? He knows its all BS.


10 posted on 08/01/2013 6:12:53 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Vermont Lt
...so few people left working...

Tomorrow we get July's numbers on this.

11 posted on 08/01/2013 6:15:49 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: John W

The level of coordination between the democrats and the MSM is amazing.


12 posted on 08/01/2013 6:20:08 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: John W

I do not believe unemployment has dropped....rather I believe, wholeheartedly, that less people are filing because they can’t anymore, because they’ve been unemployed THAT long.

Leave it to the spin machine of the RATS though, to try and make it seem like candy and rainbows.


13 posted on 08/01/2013 6:21:48 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (“The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.” ~ Edward Abbey)
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To: John W
Now watch tomorrow's numbers to be 325,000 new jobs, and unemployment rate dropping to 7.4%

(Never mind the lion's share of the new "jobs" are part-time, low-wage, temporary ones)

14 posted on 08/01/2013 6:38:45 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: John W

DJIA well up in first ten minutes. Have they forgotten if this gets overfaked to the good their fake money might dry up?


15 posted on 08/01/2013 6:39:20 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

Obamanomics: where treading water is SUCCESS!


16 posted on 08/01/2013 6:41:43 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Red in Blue PA
Labor Participation Rate

LaborParticipationRate

17 posted on 08/01/2013 6:46:45 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, since then a State in the US, but it is Still Texas where I live.)
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To: expat_panama

See my post #17

BLS’s numbers (but still cooked lower than real)


18 posted on 08/01/2013 6:47:52 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, since then a State in the US, but it is Still Texas where I live.)
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To: skeeter
The level of coordination between the democrats and the MSM is amazing.

What, you've never heard of the Journ-O-List?


19 posted on 08/01/2013 6:53:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: John W

HAppy days are here again - LONG LIVE KING BARRY


20 posted on 08/01/2013 6:56:13 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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