Unemployment claims drift lower
December 16th, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Unemployment claims drift lower

The number of Americans filing for their first week of unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell for a second straight week last week, according to a government report released Thursday.

The number of initial claims fell to 420,000 in the week ending Dec. 11, down 3,000 from 423,000 claims filed the week before, the Labor Department said. It was the second lowest level of the year.

Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting 425,000 new claims.

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  1. Evelyn Brown

    Tell it like it is, of cause there will be a significant less number of people filing unemployment if they were kicked off after 99 weeks. It's not that more people are working, they just can't file for unemployment. So what do the people who have exhausted their unemployment do now? Do we get kicked in the streets because we have no other means of unemployment. It is amazing how these checks were exhausted right before the new year. What is this a New Year resolution for congress to make sure that unemployment rate go down by taking thousands, maybe millions off of unemployment before the start of the new fiscal year. Where do we go from here, jobs are very hard to find.

    December 24, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. ellegirl

    Does the President and all of his cronies believe that "less people are filing for unemployment" because we miraculously found jobs – like abracadabra – right before the holidays?! When they report the numbers they do not point out the tens of thousands of workers who had exausted their benefits just as the extension was passed! My situation is different than most – as a healthcare worker for local goverment, I was fired for "health issues", that I have no clue of what I was "suffering" from – and NEVER been given any kind of reprimands for job performance, etc. with exception of a verbal reprimand for not coming to work ONE day!!! Regardless, that is a whole different politcal issue! The end result is THE GOVERMENT (local) have prevented me from obtaining imployment! So now as I wait for "these issues" to be dealt with, not only am I a licensed health care worker, with demand in my field, penniless, I am also broken in spirit! My eyes have been opened to goverment from the lowest elected official on up......................I am amazed that I have allowed myself to be so disillusioned!

    December 27, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. doxiemom

    I do not begrudge those who collect unemployment who are actually employable and actively looking for jobs, BUT for those who are collecting at age 70 or above AND also on social security and have no plans to actually look for work...SHAME ON THEM and the system that continues to pay them benefits that other people deserve more!

    December 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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