U.S Claims Show Tight U.S. Labor Market Even With Increase

The slight gain in filings for U.S. unemployment benefits last week is still consistent with a resilient job market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.


  • Initial jobless claims increased by 3k to 241k (forecast was 240k); 43-year-low of 227k was reached in February
  • Continuing claims rose by 8k to 1.94m in week ended June 10 (data reported with one-week lag)
  • Four-week average of initial claims, a less-volatile measure than weekly figure, rose to 244,750 from 243,250 in prior week
  • Key Takeaways

    Employers are reluctant to let go of skilled and experienced workers at a time there’s a shortage of such labor. Even with the tick-up in filings, the figures are in sync with other data showing steady hiring, still-elevated job openings, and unemployment at a 16-year low. The report spans the week including the 12th of the month, the period covered by the Labor Department’s survey for the monthly jobs report. Economists typically incorporate that week’s jobless-claims numbers into their forecasts for payrolls.

    Other Details

  • Prior week’s reading was revised to 238,000 from 237,000
  • Unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits unchanged at 1.4 percent
  • Louisiana was the only state with estimated claims last week
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    Dean Popplewell

    Dean Popplewell

    Vice-President of Market Analysis at MarketPulse
    Dean Popplewell has nearly two decades of experience trading currencies and fixed income instruments. He has a deep understanding of market fundamentals and the impact of global events on capital markets. He is respected among professional traders for his skilled analysis and career history as global head of trading for firms such as Scotia Capital and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since joining OANDA in 2006, Dean has played an instrumental role in driving awareness of the forex market as an emerging asset class for retail investors, as well as providing expert counsel to a number of internal teams on how to best serve clients and industry stakeholders.
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