Weekly jobless claims total 184,000, just above expectations in tight labor market

Although initial jobless claims were higher than anticipated, they still reflect a labor market in which employers don’t want to fire employees.

In the week that ended on April 16, 184,000 were first time claims for benefits. That’s a drop of 2,000 over previous weeks, but it was still higher than the Dow Jones estimate at 182,000. the Labor Department reported Thursday.

According to the numbers, the U.S. labor market remains tight with job opportunities outnumbering available labor by around 5 million.

Continued claims dropped by 58,000 to 1.41 million. This is the lowest level since February 21, 1970.

Separate economic reports Thursday revealed that Philadelphia saw manufacturing growth in April but it was slower than predicted.

It Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s monthly manufacturing indexA 17.6 reading was recorded, which is the difference between expansion and contraction. It was nearly 10 points less than March, and lower than the Dow Jones prediction of 21.9.

The March decline in measures such as new orders, shipments and unfilled orders, along with delivery times and an average employee’s workweek, was evident. Both the prices paid and received increased due to continued inflation pressures. However, the index of employees also rose.

The Fed’s Summary of Economic Conditions in the U.S., “Beige Book”, published Wednesday. It highlighted the difficulties companies have finding employees.

The report stated that “demand for workers continued its strong in most districts and across all industry sectors. However, the general shortage of workers held off hiring. However there were signs that some Districts had seen a slight improvement in their worker availability. “Many companies reported substantial turnover because workers moved on to better jobs and higher salaries.

Fed officials responded to inflation with expected interest rate increases that will not derail their 2-year-old economic recovery. Markets anticipate that the benchmark overnight lending rate at the central bank will rise to around 2.5% from close to zero in 2022.

This is a reflection of the steady progress in hiring. As of April 2, data showed that 1.62 million people were receiving benefits. The total number of people receiving benefits fell to 1.62 million as of April 2nd, from 17.4million a year earlier. This is despite the fact that the government reduced extended unemployment benefits, and because hiring has accelerated since the publication CovidThe sharp fall in cases of virus-related diseases is due to the availability of vaccines.

Despite this, the labor force has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

The unemployment rate, which has now fallen to 3.6% is still a significant drop from the February 2020 level, when the pandemic struck. However, 408,000 Americans are working less than they were in February 2020. Also, the number of people in the labor market is shrinking by 174,000. The participation rate for labor is also lower than it was before Covid.

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