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Jobless Claims Skyrocket, Reaching Highest Peak Since August – Alarm Bells Ring in Economy!


Weekly jobless claims jump to 231,000, the highest since August


In a concerning development, unemployment claims have surged to their highest level since August 2023.

For the week ending May 4th, 231,000 people filed for jobless benefits, reflecting a significant increase of 22,000 from the prior week and exceeding market expectations.

This trend has persisted, with continuing claims also witnessing a rise to 1.78 million.

This sharp uptick in claims is particularly notable given the recent robust job market reports, except for weaker-than-expected hiring in April.

Notably, there has been a decline in job openings, leading to speculation of an impending slowdown in the labor market.

Economists have expressed concern over these numbers, fearing that a serious economic downturn may be on the horizon.

Christopher Rupkey, chief economist at FWDBONDS, warned that the magnitude of new layoffs is alarming and could signal potential economic turbulence.

This development comes amid the Federal Reserve’s cautious approach to curbing inflation.

With interest rate hikes planned for September, the central bank is密切关注employment data to assess the impact on both inflation and the labor market.

Despite the concerning claims numbers, market reactions have been muted, with stock futures trading slightly lower and Treasury yields showing mixed movements.

However, economists anticipate increased volatility and a trend towards higher claims as the labor market adjusts to changing economic conditions.

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    “Continuing claims, which run a week behind, increased to 1.78 million, up 17,000 from the previous week.”

    “The unemployment rate was at 3.9%, continuing to hold below 4% since February 2022.”


    “It was the highest claims number since late August 2023”

    “Also, job openings have been declining amid expectations that the labor market is likely to slow through the year.”

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