Filings for Jobless Benefits Show Steady U.S. Job MarketBy
Even with an increase last week, the level of U.S. filings for unemployment benefits indicates steady demand for workers, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. The average number of applications filed over the past month was the lowest in 44 years.
Highlights of Jobless Claims (Week ended Nov. 4)
The report confirms employers remain reluctant to cut staffing levels amid a shortage of qualified workers. Weekly claims below 300,000 are considered a healthy snapshot of the job market.
Hiring also has been steady this year except for the recent fallout from the hurricanes, and the unemployment rate dropped in October to the lowest level since 2000, the monthly jobs report showed last week.
While initial claims were estimated for the Virgin Islands in the latest week, the Labor Department said Puerto Rico is now processing backlogged applications.
- Prior week’s reading was unrevised at 229,000
- Unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits rose to 1.4 percent in week ended Oct. 28 from 1.3 percent
- In addition to a pickup in Puerto Rico, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio were among states reporting large unadjusted increases
— With assistance by Jordan Yadoo