Weekly Jobless Claims Decrease as Omicron Loosens its Grip

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In the week ending January 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 260,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the previous week’s revised level, and the lowest level in four weeks, according to the Labor Department.

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The previous week’s level was revised up by 4,000 to 290,000 from 286,000, according to the Labor Department.

The weekly figure is also below analysts’ estimates, which called for 265,000 applications, according to Bloomberg.

Last week’s four-week moving average, which smooths out volatility, was 247,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,000 to 232,000, from 231,000.

Ashley Paterson, CEO of Healthy Hippo Holdings, told GOBankingRates that despite the instability that we are seeing in the job market, she is hopeful.

“The pandemic has encouraged many eager entrepreneurs to open their own businesses which in return means more job opportunities for the younger generations and a wider range of industries that people can choose from,” Paterson said.

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However, in a sign that The Great Resignation is still far from over, the number of Americans who quit their jobs in November hit a record high, with 4.5 million people leaving jobs. This follows October’s 4.2 million quits, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report that came out on Jan. 4, as GOBankingRates previously reported.

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“Employers are still doing a lot to try to keep workers on staff because they know it’s hard to hire right now,” Aaron Sojourner, an economist at the University of Minnesota told The Wall Street Journal,  describing employees unexpectedly missing work because of COVID-19 as the biggest consequence of the surge in cases.

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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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