Thursday, May 28th26.2°C
26427
25218

Lowest number of Americans seeking jobless benefits in almost 7 years, declines 32K to 300,000

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 316,250.

Fewer Americans sought benefits last week than at any point since the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. Applications are at their lowest level since May of that year.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The decrease suggests that employers expect stronger economic growth in the coming months and are holding onto their workers.

But Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, cautioned that the drop-off might be smaller than it appears. He noted that the Easter holiday, which moves from year-to-year, might have distorted the seasonal adjustments.

"We need to see a few more weeks' numbers before we can be sure where the trend now stands," Shepherdson said in a client note. "Our core view is that claims are drifting gently downwards."

Employers added 192,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department said last week. That follows gains of 197,000 in February, as the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 per cent for the second straight month.

Snowstorms and freezing temperatures in January and December shut down factories, kept shoppers away from stores, and reduced home buying. That cut into growth and hiring. Employers added 144,000 jobs in January and only 84,000 in December.

More jobs and higher incomes will be needed to spur better overall economic growth. For now, economists expect the bad weather contributed to weak growth of 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent at an annual rate in the January-March quarter. But as the weather improves, most analysts expect growth to rebound to near 3 per cent.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

26416


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15107.00-3.47
S&P CDNX692.16+1.54
DJIA18126.12-36.87
Nasdaq5097.98-8.62
S&P 5002120.79-2.69
CDN Dollar0.8042+0.0012
Gold1187.40-16.90
Oil58.46+0.23
Lumber272.60-1.80
Natural Gas2.81-0.01

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.14+0.01
Knighthawk0.010.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.48-0.02
Cantex0.03-0.01
Anavex Life Sciences0.40-0.02
Metalex Ventures0.07-0.01
Russel Metals25.20-0.31
Copper Mountain Mining1.30+0.02
Colorado Resources0.10-0.01
ReliaBrand Inc0.0129-0.0010
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.04+0.01
Mission Ready Services0.15-0.00
Decisive Dividend Corporation2.10+0.16

 



26388

FEATURED Property
22932233862 Glenway Road
3 bedrooms 2 baths
$525,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


What's a robo-advisor?

Photo: ContributedIt can only be attributable to human error. -Hal, 2001: A Space Odyssey For most of us who are within thinking distance of retirement, the term “robo” conjures up image...


Cash stressed seniors

Photo: Thinkstock.comFor many Canadian homeowners, their house represents the biggest portion of their net worth. Now, increasing numbers of seniors are starting to recognize the hidden value of their...


Penetrate the smokescreen

Photo: ContributedHas this ever happened to you? You’re in the middle of your second or third “good discussion” with a prospect. Everything’s going great. The prospect seems en...

_



25991

25217


Member of BC Press Council


25895