U.S. jobless claims declined by 10,000 last week

Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:33am EDT

A woman fills out job application forms as she attends a job fair for military veterans and other unemployed people in Los Angeles, California, October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A woman fills out job application forms as she attends a job fair for military veterans and other unemployed people in Los Angeles, California, October 7, 2010.

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WASHINGTON, Oct 31 - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits declined largely as expected last week as the impact of a California computer glitch worked its way out of the report.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined by 10,0000 to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were not revised.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to fall to 339,000 last week.

A Labor Department analyst said California, which had been dealing with a backlog, reported no carryover in claims last week from previous weeks.

Technical problems as California converted to a new computer system have distorted the claims data since September, which had made it hard to get a clear read of labor market conditions.

A 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government had also pushed up claims in recent weeks as furloughed workers applied for benefits, but this appeared to be diminishing.

Claims filed by federal employees dropped 29,713 in the week ended October 19 to 14,423. The shutdown ended on October 17.

The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, increased 8,000 to 356,250. The number of people still receiving benefits under regular state programs after an initial week of aid rose by 31,000 to 2.881 million in the week ended October 19.

(Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Krista HUghes)

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mucinex1708 wrote:
All that means is less people are looking for work, because more people have given up. The same book cooking that has been going on since Obama came to office.

Oct 31, 2013 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:
*Technical problems as California converted to a new computer system have distorted the claims data since September, which had made it hard to get a clear read of labor market conditions.*

LOL, is this the excuse for all fraud and deceit now? Technical problems?

Nov 01, 2013 8:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nottosmart wrote:
Florida’s Republican governor went so far as to discontinue allowing unemployed to sign up in person and then shut down the unemployment sign up website for upgrades that still are not working.

Nov 01, 2013 8:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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