US Jobless Claims Fall; Hurricanes Still Affecting Data

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People attend a job fair at a new Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company facility that will house the design and manufacturing of their small satellite launch vehicle in Long Beach, California March 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on September 21, 2017.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, but the near-term outlook for the labour market was muddied by the continuing impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Other data on Thursday showed manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic region accelerated in September amid a surge in new orders. But hiring by factories slowed and employees worked fewer hours this month compared to August.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended September 16, the Labor Department said. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. …

NY Times 9/21

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