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Jobless claims down this week, again

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(Read caption) This chart shows the total continued unemployment claims from mid-2008 through March 19, 2011. The latest jobless claims report shows that both initial and continued unemployment claims are keeping in line with a declining trend.

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Today’s jobless claims report showed a decline to both initial unemployment claims and continued unemployment claims as a significant declining trend continued to materialize for both initial and traditional continued claims.

Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment declined by 6,000 to 388,000 claims from last week’s revised 394,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims declined by 51,000 resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 3.0%.

Since the middle of 2008 though, two federal government sponsored “extended” unemployment benefit programs (the “extended benefits” and “EUC 2008” from recent legislation) have been picking up claimants that have fallen off of the traditional unemployment benefits rolls.

Currently there are some 4.36 million people receiving federal “extended” unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 4.27 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 8.63 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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