Aug 12, 2010
The number of first-time filers for unemployment insurance rose to the highest level since late February last week, according to a weekly government report released Thursday.
There were 484,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Aug. 7, up 2,000 from an upwardly revised 482,000 the previous week, according to the Labor Department’s weekly report.
That’s the highest number since the week ended Feb. 20, when 486,000 people filed for first-time benefits.
Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected new claims to fall to 465,000.
Initial claims have been stuck in the the mid- to upper- 400,000s since November.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8:43 am