August 11th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Unemployment claims fall to 4-month low

The number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits fell last week, dipping below 400,000 for the first time in four months.

There were 395,000 initial unemployment claims filed in the week ended Aug. 6, the Labor Department said Thursday, down 7,000 from an upwardly revised 402,000 the prior week.

Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting jobless claims to rise to 409,000.

The figure had stayed above 400,000 since early April.

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  1. Fred

    Woo hoo! Obama is the greatest president ever.......NOT!

    August 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @The prophet...no, I am showing that it's just as much the fault of dishonest American's as it is dishonest politicians. It's more than obvious that former politicians set themselves-up to make billions off of the war industry before leaving office.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Fraudulent claims against other agencies besides unemployment insurance and Social Security abound. According to the president of the NAACP, over 40% of Africa-America is dependant on welfare. I highly doubt that 4 out of 10 can't work. These problems (civilians defrauding Uncle Sam) are already about to be dealt with. The CIA recently moved their Domestic affairs Div. to Denver, CO., a centralized location to carry out their next Congressional mandate: "Go get-em boy's. Track-down every single VA program fraudster, welfare-SS-UP-Tax fraudster and bring them in. We increased our prison budget by 200% to make room for them." What? You thought the CIA would be disbanded once the last country get's occupied? Think again. After Iran and Venezuela are occupied...it's on.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    He he...did anyone here even know that the CIA had an Domestic Affairs Division? Or that it had been relocated from the east coast to Denver for why? Currently, it's illegal for the CIA to operate one domestic Americans. But once victory has been declared over "terror", the already-writteb Victory Act of congress will be signed into law and enforced. Who wrote the Victory Act, aka "Patriot Act 2"? Same feller that wrote the Patriot Act. This act allows room for the CIA to operate on those who defraud Uncle Sam. Heck yes i'm trying to scare you fraudsters. Clean-up your act before the hatchet falls. If you've tried and tried but keep failing to become self-sufficient, try something different, even if it appears to be stupid. Try getting down on your knees and becoming humble before God, even if you don't believe in God. Cry-out to HIM...you already cried-out to the church. They give you old food, but look! It didn't help you become self-sufficient. Cut-out the middleman. Go straight to him. It's worth a try:)

    August 12, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    ...once your hearfelt cry for help is heard, keep on the watch, for he will send to you someone carrying life's water for free. Once you drink of this "water", your true thirst wil start being quenched. In the meantime, clean yourself up a little bit at least. Keep approaching God and try showing him some respect. His ear's perk at the mention of his son Jesus Christ...so ya might want to do that. Don't believe for one second the lie that God knows what your going to say or do before you do it. Sure he CAN, but that doesn't mean he must. You aren't a robot! though you've been acting like one trying the same things over and over again. You are a Man. Stand up!

    August 12, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip fin

    Ok...start throwing punches. My middle-name is Eugene if ya want some more ammo. he he...one of these day's you folk's are going to see what I say is true. That goes for the truth about 9/11, the truth about The Carlyle Group, the truth about you. Do you really think that you are unique...that God created each and every individual, or that evolution made you special? God created Adam, you are a son of Adam and have inherited your genes from him. God did NOT impregnate your mother. I don't know what to tell you if you think your genes are strictly of monkey. "oooh oooh oooh ah ah", I guess. he he. OK...done. I'll shut my trap now.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pink Panther

    @ Philip.... While what you say is true, please read your post and how harsh it sounds, no one is going to listen. The last one is a little over the top harsh and I do realize you've been slammed at times but it's only going to keep them throwing EGGS at ya DUDE... say it another way...

    August 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pink Panther

    jOHN 5;25 ‘Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; 27and he has given him authority to execute judgement, because he is the Son of Man. 28Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

    August 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    CIA... Philip what you fishing for.... On line ?

    August 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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