Archive for January 21st, 2010

Weekly Claims, Jan. 21, 2010

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The claims data remain quite weak. Although this week’s claims were lower than last week’s, that’s just the seasonal pattern. The problem is that the three points for 2010 are only slightly better than the data from the same three weeks in 2009. The 2009 data were horrifying, and the 2010 data are too close to the 2009 data, and too far from the 2006-2008 “healthy job market”, and nowhere near indicating “recession over”.

Update: In late 2009 the data started returning to the “healthy” 2006-2007 levels, but that trend seems to have reversed. In fact, if things continue we might see 2010 data <i>worse</i> than the 2009 data.  (But I hope this doesn’t happen!)

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Weekly Unemployment Claims, N.S.A., 2006-present, 2010-01-21