U.S. Labor Market Continues to Disappoint
The number of workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 last week to 381,000, a smaller decrease than analysts had predicted. The four-week average of new claims, a less volatile measure, rose to 375,250 from 372,000, indicating that the U.S. labor market remains weak and far away from a recovery. Coming after last month's half percent spike in unemployment to 5.5%, these figures add further gloom to the current picture of the U.S economy and will put pressure on the Fed hold its target funds rate at 2% when it meets next week.
Snapshot asks, to what degree will falling consumer spending be exacerbated by labor market weakness?
Wall Street Journal - Jobless Claims Fall in Latest Week
Bloomberg - U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fell to 381,000 Last Week
Reuters - Treasuries extend losses after jobless claims
Associated Press - Stocks trade mixed after dip in jobless claims