Trump’s America: New jobless claims fall by 15,000 close to a 50-year low

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square

Initial jobless claims declined by 15,000 to 202,000 in the week ending Feb. 1, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.

“New unemployment applications are seen as a rough measure of how many people are losing their jobs,” Jeffrey Battash at MarketWatch said.

Unemployment applications reached a 50-year low of 193,000 in April 2019, having hovered in the low 200,000s over the last 10 months.

The monthly average for jobless claims nationwide dropped by 3,000 to 211,750.

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Pennsylvania and New York saw the most raw or unadjusted jobless claims, whereas California, Michigan and New Jersey recorded the biggest declines.

The number of individuals already collecting unemployment benefits increased by 48,000 to 1.75 million.

“The creation of more than 20 million new jobs in the past decade has slashed unemployment to a 50-year low of 3.5 percent, giving the economy a strong foundation to prolong a record expansion that will turn 11 years old in June,” Battash said.

Economists forecast that the economy created 164,000 in January 2020 despite slowed hiring. The Department of Labor is expected to release its January jobs report Friday.

“By most traditional measures, the economy is stronger than it’s been in over three decades, especially where job creation is concerned,” Pete Roff, Newsweek’s Contributing Editor, said. “More people are working, and because real wages are rising, they have the ‘hope,’ finally, that Obama promised but found so hard to deliver.”

Stephen Moore, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and economic consultant with FreedomWorks, said that from January 2009 to December 2016, nearly 10 million jobs were added to the economy, yet 1.6 million working-age adults left the workforce.

But since November 2016, Moore said, roughly 2.3 million more people have entered the workforce, part of which “is undoubtedly due to the steady increase in wages, which attracts workers to come off the sideline.”

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3 thoughts on “Trump’s America: New jobless claims fall by 15,000 close to a 50-year low

  1. Trump was almost done in by the Vindman twins on the National Security Council, who appeared to be leakers in cahoots with the Pentagon and State Department, and making policy behind Trump’s back.

    Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Leroy Petry defended President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman, saying that Vindman had shown he couldn’t be trusted.

    Petry made an appearance on Sunday morning’s “Fox & Friends” and responded to the news that Vindman had been fired from his post on the National Security Council and escorted from the White House.

  2. Obama, a community organizer, inadvertently promoted to President with help from Biden, could only make vacuous promises.

    The Federal Reserve bailed out the economy, and Obama rode the coat tails.

    Trump, an executive of a large corporation, and a hard-nosed real estate investor/operator, in the toughest market in the world, NYC, says he is going to deliver and then, does it, despite massive opposition from nitwits.

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