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Unemployment Claims Go Unmentioned

Friday, 16 April 2010 07:41

It seems that the media are not interested in letting bad economic data get in the way of the economic recovery stories. The Labor Department reported that new unemployment claims rose to 484,000 last week, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week. This report got very little attention and seems to have gone unmentioned in both the NYT and WAPO.

While the weekly figure was undoubtedly inflated by people who put off filing the week before Easter, the prior week was exceptionally high given its timing. The 4-week moving average was 457,750, a number that is far above levels consistent with job growth. For 90 percent of the country, the labor market is the economy. This number deserved some serious attention.


--Dean Baker

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written by Aditya Savara, April 16, 2010 10:25
"The 4-week moving average was 457,750, a number that is far above levels consistent with job growth."

What is the level which would be consistent with job growth?... Wouldn't anything beneath the high be consistent with job growth? And if that is the case (which someone can tell me it's not) then how is the wording "far above levels consistent with job growth" justified?
written by mmckinl, April 16, 2010 9:20
Yep, the recovery will happen whether it does or not according to most economists and the MSM ...

The retail sales numbers were equally amusing. Same store sales were up, but there were fewer companies in business and the survivors have closed underperforming stores ... Oh and the nations biggest retailer, WalMart somehow didn't make the report.

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.