Good news! Looks like we are turning the corner.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - First-time claims for state unemployment benefits fell by the largest amount since July. The number of initial claims in the week ending Feb. 6 fell 43,000 to 440,000. This was a sharper drop than expected. The consensus forecast of Wall Street economists was for claims to drop to 460,000. Claims are now at their lowest level since Jan. 2. Claims had spiked in January, reversing a downward trend. Labor Department officials had pinned the increase on administrative backlogs in several states. With today’s report, the official said the backlogs had been “washed out.”