Newsflash: Jobless Claims ‘Unexpectedly’ Rise

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Starting in Mitt Romney’s first full month as president this stuff will no longer be unexpected. Just watch and see.

The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits rebounded last week, though numbers so far this month have been distorted by technical factors.

Initial jobless claims–which are a measure of layoffs–were up by 46,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000 in the week ended Oct. 13, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast 365,000 new applications for jobless benefits last week.

In the previous week, jobless claims dropped by 27,000 because of an unexpected shift in seasonal reporting by one state. That state–California–reported fewer claims than expected, which accounted for the large decrease. There were nearly 5,000 fewer layoffs in the service and retail industries in California for the week ended Oct. 6, according to the Labor Department report.

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