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Initial Jobless Claims Decline, Assessment of Labor Market Little Changed

Economics / Unemployment Feb 04, 2011 - 03:24 AM GMT

By: Asha_Bangalore

Economics Initial jobless claims fell 42,000 during the week ended January 29 to 415,000, reversing nearly the entire 54,000 jump recorded in the prior week. The Labor Department has indicated that declines in initial jobless claims were from states who reported storm-related increases in the prior week. Inclement weather in several states this week suggests that additional backlogs due to bad weather are likely to distort readings once again. Continuing claims, which lag initial jobless claims by one week, fell 84,000 to 3.925 million. Claims filed under special programs, which lag initial jobless claims by two weeks, show a small drop for the week ended January 15 (4.55 million vs. 4.69 million for week ended January 8, see Chart 8).


The overall message is that labor market conditions are little changed in recent weeks. The January employment report is scheduled for publication on Friday, February 4. Payrolls rose 113,000 in December and the unemployment rate was 9.4%. Payroll employment is predicted to have risen 125,000 during January and the civilian jobless rate is expected to have risen to 9.6%, mostly due to an increase in labor force, which has not grown in the September-December period.


 

Asha Bangalore — Senior Vice President and Economist

http://www.northerntrust.com

Asha Bangalore is Vice President and Economist at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, she was Consultant to savings and loan institutions and commercial banks at Financial & Economic Strategies Corporation, Chicago.

Copyright © 2011 Asha Bangalore

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Northern Trust Company. The Northern Trust Company does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein, such information is subject to change and is not intended to influence your investment decisions.


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