U.S. Jobless Claims Rose 16K to 351K in Sept. 18 Week
By Gwynn Guilford
Jobless claims climbed slightly last week, as demand for workers
keeps a lid on layoffs and the economic recovery shows signs it is
holding up during the latest Covid-19 surge.
Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, rose by 16,000
to a seasonally adjusted 351,000 last week from a revised 335,000
the prior week. The four-week moving average for initial claims,
which smooths out weekly volatility, declined slightly and remained
at its lowest level since the Covid-19 crisis began last year.
Recent claims figures could have been affected by disruptions
from storms such as Hurricane Ida, economists said.
Filings for unemployment benefits have fallen steadily since
mid-July as employers retain workers despite the Delta variant. "We
expect that the downward trend that we've been seeing for a while
will resume," said Nancy Vanden Houten, lead economist at Oxford
Economics. "The big picture is that we expect the labor market
recovery will continue."
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September 23, 2021 09:03 ET (13:03 GMT)
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