September 16th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

Jobless claims down for second week in a row

The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits declined for a second straight week last week, a government report released Thursday showed.

There were 450,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Sept.11, which included Labor Day.

That was the lowest level in two months and down 3,000 from an upwardly revised 453,000 in the previous week, according to the Labor Department.


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  1. Pat

    The job market is NOT getting any better! It "appears" that way by the numbers, but that's because many of those unemployed have exhausted their unemployment benefits! IF the job market was so much better-how is it the foreclosure save is the highest it's been in decades? I still believe we are headed if not already in a depression. Look around! Has prices are $3.00 or more per gal. -food prices so high you have to decide to buy your medicine or eat-the only thing that seems to be low besides morale in this country is the interest rates on homes that nobody can buy because they are UNEMPLOYED!

    September 16, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Miss M

    SOOOOOOO True !! I have zero money coming in ad the jobs are posted but I do not see anyone hiring. It is a case of too much inventory ( people out of work), to make a decision, too bust waiting for the so called perfect canidate to walk thtough the door. Did U c CNN;s ticker tape today – FEDEX SAYS ECONOMY IS GOOD, LAYING OFF 1700 WORKERS.
    f the economy is so grea then why are you laying off workers. I cannot believe the crock of ^&%$ the government and now CNN want us to believe. What a crock total BS&^%T !!! HOW DUMB DO YOU THINK WE AMERICANS ARE,? ! WE ARE NOT BUYING IT !!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zen

    Small businesses use credit lines to operate, thus cover their payrolls. It is therefore very imperative that small business have access to credit from financial instutions, which has not happened for quite sometime. Overall, they can not afford to hire anyone, so we will continue to see continued unemployment in this sector until there is a jobs bill! Why are the Repubs/Dems obstructing this bill?

    September 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Norman Cador

    Obama have been trying to get help for small business, but those damm GOPs have block his plans.these are sick people(GOP)

    September 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. deli

    I truely disagree for u all in this forum. let me tell u in seattle there are so many jobs and they r hiring and also Boing aircraft needs 1 million emloyees ther hiring rite now. stop sitting on u r laxy butts and expect jobs to look for u. go out there and search or find jobs. u all idiots stop whinning laxy bums.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • uberval

      Where did you learn how to spell ??

      September 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. charles

    Well its great that claims are down. However those numbers are for first time claimers which means they just lost there jobs. So thats another 400 thousand people that aren't working. Now what needs to happen is this site which is from a news organization needs to report the real numbers. Quit listening to this numbers cause there off by more then 50 %. Due to some people are stubborn and can't swallow their pride to take the unemployment they could claim. So and them in and all the people that have been out of work for more then 2 years some call them the 99ers. Those are the folks that are no longer on the head count of the unemployed. Once you've use all your possible 99 weeks you fall off the count sheet. Come on CNN man up and tell the truth. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

    September 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. uberval

    QUESTION: What does CNN, religious leaders and politicians have in common ???

    ANSWER: They are all full of S%@T !!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |