Jobless claims at 7-year high

十月 2, 2008 at 22:08 | 張貼於Economy, USA | 發表留言
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The number of out-of-work Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance rose last week to a 7-year high, according to a government report released Thursday.

The Department of Labor said initial filings for state jobless benefits increased by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 497,000 in the week ended Sept. 27.

The consensus estimate of economists surveyed by Briefing.com was for a decline to 475,000. The prior week was revised up 1,000 to 496,000.

The number of people filing for jobless benefits is the highest since the 517,000 reported in the week ended Sept. 29, 2001, when unemployment soared in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. At this time last year, the figure stood at 324,000.

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