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. Ok

    These numbers are meaningless unless they are combined with the addition of new jobs. Some people may not file, because they don't qualify.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bermille

      You don't qualify for unemployment benefits if you are working- wow who knew.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Grog

      @Bermille: You're attempt at looking smart failed. The only way someone can file for unemployment (In Mi at least) is if they are laid off or the company went out of business. Any "at will" employee can be fired without reason and not be eligible for unemployment, so if that employee can't find a job and not file for unemployment then this prove OK's point. The media needs to have a person on staff to figure out what the net loss/gain is in regards to unemployment and new hires. Simply posting unemployment figures does not shed light on the situation.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Just as OK had said it self employed and buisness owners dont qualify for unemployment Obamas looking for any good news he can find in a election season But most people dont think of this They just go oh boy the economy is better when its not

    August 11, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. No No No Obama has got to go

    How come CNN dont report on the flash mob violence towards whites, Asians, and Latinos. With many recent incidents in Philly, Wisconsin fair, Detroit Ect. But they will run a black victim for DAYS?

    August 11, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronnie j.

    the ecomic crisis in this country is part of prophecy, we are going into a one world govt, then the appearance of the anti-christ!!

    August 11, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rosebud

    I either believe or have faith that I am the Antichrist, but I am patiently awaiting further orders concerning my appearance and mission.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lyndsie Graham

    This ought to make Barack Obama as happy as a bird in a tree! Now he thinks that he'll be reelected to office and I'm afraid that he's right and we'll all have more of the good ol' status quo!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Well, it looks like most everyone understands that unemplyment numbers are fudged. The true unemployment/underemployment rate is hovering just above 20%. Funny how they view a leaking bucket as being 90% full.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    US property values have dropped over 2 trillion dollars so far this year, with no end in sight. If things keep going the way they have been, in a few more years the Federal Reserve will own most of US. see 'the federal reserve tranparancy act' being presented to Congress and the WH. We've never had a leader who would allow US this audit. Maybe President Obama is different from the rest? prolly not

    August 11, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mack

    Of course the unemployment figures are in the "you lie" pigeon hole.
    I'm not naif enough to expect the government to tell me the truth, regardless of who is in office.
    Please don't criticize my spelling. It is correct.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. the prophet

    People get ready for the biggest collapse of the America economy by December 2011 early 2012; this crisis will affect Americans in the worst possible way. The US dollar is on the way to a decline where it will be worthless, Americans income and earning have not grown to coup with inflation, and Americans will not be able to sustain it. More mortgages will default and Property tax will not get paid, Car Payments, Credit Card Payment, and so on. Washington has no idea what is coming and much less are prepared for this collapse.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @Prophet..."Washington" knows. Don't kidd yourself. "Washington" planned this all out way ahead of time. It took "Eisenhower" nearly two years just to plan the invasion at Normandy. It took "Washington" how many years to plan these wars on and occupations of Irag and Afghanistan?

    August 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    "Washington" won't allow US to audit the Federal Reserve located on our property either. How long did "Washington" spend making this plan?

    August 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jj

    Great analogy phillip!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. evil conservative

    At the distribution facility where I work, they hired a few temps, but we barely have enough work to meet our set standards and as a result people are getting fired for getting %97 average instead of over %100. I tell them to apply for unemployment.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Thanx jj 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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