Thursday, February 07, 2008

Jobless Claims-Feb. 2 Week

The Labor Department reported a drop in initial jobless claims for the latest week. First-time claims fell by 22,000, to 356,000, from an upwardly revised 378,000 the prior week.

The 4-week moving average also rose, increasing 8,500 to 335,000. It's the highest since January 5th. The 4-week moving average is a less volatile and more accurate measure of the direction of jobless claims.

Continuing jobless claims, however, hit a high not seen since October 2005. The Labor Department reported an increase of 75,000 to 2.78 million.

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