Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Increase by 11,000

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For the week ending March 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 227,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised level, according to the Labor Department.

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The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 to 216,000 from 215,000, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast initial jobless claims to total a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week, according to MarketWatch.

While the figures are slightly higher than the previous week, to put it in context, claims were at 734,000 the corresponding week last year, according to Labor Department data.

New York, California and Kentucky saw the largest increases in claims for the week, according to Labor Department data.

The largest increases in initial claims for the previous week, ending February 26, were in Massachusetts (+3,201), Rhode Island (+1,040), District of Columbia (+995), Nevada (+689), and Kansas (+587), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-9,161), California (-5,412), Florida (-2,182), Ohio (-2,098), and Illinois (-1,777), according to Labor Department data.

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Also reflecting encouraging signs, despite a tight labor market, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by a surprisingly strong 678,000 in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, March 4. This was well above the 440,000 jobs economists forecasted, as GOBankingRates previously reported.

Ashley Paterson, CEO of Healthy Hippo, told GOBankingRates that “we are starting to see a pattern of employment growth and a healthy increase in employment numbers in the last few months.”

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“This is good news because it gives business owners a sense of hope that we are on our way to the ‘new normal.’ I am hopeful that the numbers of employment will continue to increase given that we have moved on from the disease shock,” she said.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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