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VOL. 41 | NO. 22 | Friday, June 2, 2017

Claims for US jobless benefits fall by 10,000 to 245,000

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most U.S. workers continue to enjoy job security.

THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 245,000 last week. The less-volatile, four-week average rose by 2,250 to 242,000.

THE TAKEAWAY: Applications for unemployment benefits are a proxy for layoffs. They've come in below 300,000, a historically low figure, for 118 straight weeks, longest such streak since 1970.

Overall, nearly 1.92 million people were collecting unemployment checks, down nearly 10 percent from a year ago. The four-week average number of Americans receiving jobless aid was 1.91 million, lowest since January 1974.

KEY DRIVERS: The job market is healthy, though hiring has slowed recently — partly because employers can't find workers when the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low 4.3 percent. The economy has generated 162,000 jobs a month so far this year — up from an average 157,000 a month from January through May last year, but down from  an average 187,000 a month for all of 2016.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 0 0
MORTGAGES 0 0 0
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 0
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 0
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 0
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0