Image 01 Image 03

Unemployment Claims Jumped to 965,000 Last Week

Unemployment Claims Jumped to 965,000 Last Week

Will vaccines help open the economy? Or will governors not relinquish the power COVID-19 gave them?

Last week’s unemployment claims went up by 181,000 to 965,000, which is another sign the economy is having a tough time with COVID-19 spikes.

This is the biggest jump since August.

Continuing claims rose by 199,000 to 5.27 million.

From the Labor Department:

In the week ending January 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 965,000, an increase of 181,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 3,000 from 787,000 to 784,000. The 4-week moving average was 834,250, an increase of 18,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 2,750 from 818,750 to 816,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent for the week ending January 2, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 2 was 5,271,000, an increase of 199,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 5,072,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,215,750, a decrease of 59,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 5,274,750.

The numbers are not anywhere near what they were in March and April, but it’s still not good.

Jobs have been slowly created since May, but the winter months put an end to that due to more COVID-19 cases and states implementing more restrictions:

The report added to the evidence that the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases and fresh business restrictions in some places are weighing on the labor market. Employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, marking the first decline since the pandemic hit the country last spring. Leisure and hospitality workers bore the brunt of the decline, as a nationwide surge in coronavirus infections forced many restaurants and bars to close or scale back operations. “The people who had gotten hurt the most are still getting hurt the most,” Ms. Bovino said.

The recovery in the number of available jobs posted online reversed course toward the end of December, according to job-search site Indeed’s measure of job-posting trends.

The lack of optimism with small businesses and a decline in household spending also takes out the surprise of these new unemployment numbers.

Employ America policy advisor Elizabeth Pancotti said the decrease the past two weeks could have been artificial:

The numbers of initial claims and those receiving state benefits typically pick up in the first week after the two-week period that spans Christmas and New Year holidays, said Elizabeth Pancotti, policy adviser at Employ America, a left-leaning advocacy group.

“Any decrease we saw over the last two weeks we should view as artificial, either because offices were closed [during the holidays] or states were trying to implement the new extension,” she said, referring to the bill that President Trump signed Dec. 27. It added a $300-a-week supplement for those receiving unemployment benefits through March 14 and extended two federal pandemic programs that otherwise would have paid out their final benefits in December.

The vaccines might help open up the economy. The states with Democratic governors might find some other miraculous reason to open their states after Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

New York Gov. Anthony Cuomo already said his state needs to reopen its economy.


Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.


The powers they illegally usurped. FIFY

2smartforlibs | January 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

This is just a drop in the bucket to what’s coming.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to 2smartforlibs. | January 14, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I think that we should start blaming Biden-Harris for this, that is what they would do.

    MattMusson in reply to 2smartforlibs. | January 14, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Small businesses begin battening down the hatches for the Biden Administration. Meanwhile – Biden will pass a 2 TRILLION dollars package that bails out Democrat Cities and Unions and gives money to the Fortune 500. And, Small business will get screwed.

Only gonna get worse once China Joe is [temporarily] in power.

Vaccines??? We don’t need no stinkin’ vaccines. Jeez, Mary. All that has to occur is for the states to leave the economy alone, open up society and let significant recovery occur.

The economy and society is being keept locked down, for a reason. And, that reason has nothing to do with the COVID-19 virus. Wake up, people.

“Or will governors not relinquish the power COVID-19 gave them?” The answer is self-evident. Eventually they will have to move on from COVID, but it has shown them the path forward. Name your cause, climate change, homelessness, gun violence, whatever. Declare it to be the cause of a “health emergency” and assume dictatorial powers. And the courts are pretty well useless, they are only willing to trim around the edges of these so-called emergency powers.

The Achilles heel of the coming Communist regime will be the economy. No matter how total their dominance of the media and academia, no matter how complete their control of Federal law enforcement and the military, no matter the widespread voting fraud that shields them from the wrath of the proles, Communism is incapable of producing food and basic necessities in sufficient quantities to head off economic disaster.

Nor will the Biden* administration be able to imitate the Chinese Communist Party model of using state-controlled corporations to economically take over weaker countries and suck them dry (my wife’s home country of Tanzania is being increasingly exploited by Chinese corporations, to the growing rage of the population). Far more likely is that the Chinese will do to us what they are doing to other countries by leeching off food and resources. When you make a deal with the devil you always end up the junior partner, and the Biden* administration is definitely the junior partner in its relationship with China.

“American Thinker” was just forced to drop its comment section. Wonder how long this right wing conspiracy goober site has before it’s forced to make the same move.?

I’m sure the imminent inauguration of Biden has nothing to do with the timing of Cuomo’s announcement.