The latest news on initial unemployment claims isn’t what we were hoping to see.
The number of Americans seeking first-time unemployment benefits rose last week, but the number is still consistent with an economy that is adding jobs, according to MSNBC.
Initial jobless claims increased by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000 in the week ended Feb. 28, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected 296,000 new claims.
Week-to-week results can vary widely, and it’s best not to read too much significance into any one report, says MSNBC.
In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. At this point, we’ve been below 300,000 in 19 of the last 25 weeks. On the other hand, we’ve been above 300,000 five of the last eight weeks.
Thursday’s report showed the number of people filing continuing claims for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 to 2.42 million for the week ended Feb. 21. Continuing claims are reported with a one-week lag, the Wall Street Journal reports.