Jobless claims fall by largest amount since July

Good news! Looks like we are turning the corner. :smiley:

Jobless claims fall by largest amount since July

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.”

More government “help” is on the way

PROMISES, PROMISES: Jobs bill won’t add many jobs

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer – Wed Feb 10, 6:46 pm ET

WASHINGTON – It’s a bipartisan jobs bill that would hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory and placate Republicans with tax cuts at the same time. But it has a problem: It won’t create many jobs.
Even the Obama administration acknowledges the legislation’s centerpiece — a tax cut for businesses that hire unemployed workers — would work only on the margins.

As for the bill’s effectiveness, tax experts and business leaders said companies are unlikely to hire workers just to receive a tax break. Before businesses start hiring, they need increased demand for their products, more work for their employees and more revenue to pay those workers.
“We’re skeptical that it’s going to be a big job creator,” said Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business. “There’s certainly nothing wrong with giving a tax break to a business that’s hired a new worker, especially in these tough times. But in terms of being an incentive to hire a lot of workers, we’re skeptical.”

More Hope and Change??

So we are still loosing jobs at the rate of 1.7 million a month.

Hope and change indeed.

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