APPLICATIONS FALL: Weekly
applications for U.S. unemployment aid fell 23,000 last week to a
seasonally adjusted 369,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The
drop came after the figures were distorted for two weeks by technical
MODEST HIRING: The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 368,000. That level is consistent with modest hiring.
LITTLE CHANGE: Applications
have fluctuated between 360,000 and 390,000 since January. At the same
time, employers have added an average of nearly 150,000 jobs a month.
That's barely been enough to lower the unemployment rate, which has
declined from 8.3 percent to 7.8 percent this year.
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Tom Crawford is a member of the Meteorological Society. Tom has been awarded the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and has been recognized as South Carolina's Best Weathercaster by the Associated Press.More >>