Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend suggested the labor market continued to heal.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast first-time applications for jobless benefits rising to 330,000 in the week ended Jan. 25.

The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of underlying labor market conditions as it irons out week-to-week volatility, edged up 750 to 333,000.

A Labor Department analyst said claims for Louisiana were estimated because of inclement weather, adding there were no special factors affecting the state level data.

Last week's claims data include the Martin Luther King Jr. Day and filings tend to be volatile around federal holidays.

Job growth slowed sharply in December, but economists shrugged off the surprise meager increase in payrolls, pointing to freezing temperatures that hit sectors such as construction and transportation.

Federal Reserve officials also appeared to dismiss the slowdown in payrolls, saying at the end of a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday that the labor market on balance showed further improvement.

The U.S. central bank announced another reduction to its monthly bond purchases Wednesday.

The claims report showed the number of people still receiving benefits under regular state programs after an initial week of aid fell 16,000 to 2.99 million in the week ended Jan. 18.

The so-called continuing claims have been elevated in recent weeks and some economist say the cold weather could be preventing many recipients from going out to search for work and companies to delay hiring.

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My family back during the War of Independence was split into Patriots and supposed Loyalist. Thomas great* Uncle sided with General George Washington future first President of the United States Of America while Parker W was assumed to be in favor of England.

I am the descended from Joseph the father of both Thomas and Parker.

My ancestor relatives were split on the War between the states. Charllotte Georgianna Wickham married a son of CSA General Robert E Lee. Another relative was CSA Brigadier General Williams Carter Wickham. My Family in NJ supported the Union. At the battle of Gettysburg both family members from Virginia and John Wickham My great Grandfather and William his brother of New Jersey would have been at Gettysburg all lived to see the end of the Civil War. I wish I knew if Williams Carter actually came into eye contact with his New Jersey relatives that day!

January 31 2014 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Many sites here in the USA, Canada, England, New Zealand all store the same data confirming my family tree though some errors in ages or birth days have been found.


Here is some proof above:

January 31 2014 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My first American born great grand father was Joseph W. 1662. His father Thomas W. came here about 1638 from England where it is said they are descended from Robert Son of Walchelin noted in the DomesDay Book 1086.



Of The Family Of Swalcliffe ?

The first three names are not traced by legal evidence as belonging to the Wykeham family, but there is strong ground for believing them to have been of that blood. From Richard de Stokes the proof is complete. He probably took his name from the hamlet of Stoke or Stoche, near Wykham, mentioned in Domesday , but not in Rot. Hund.

Robert, the son of Walchelin, mentioned in Domesday about 1086.

Walter, the son of Robert, granted thirty acres at Shipton to Bruerne Abbey, about the time of it’s foundation in 1147.

Richard de Stokes, called also Magister Ricardus de Swalcliffe as witness to two charters (Nos. 27 and 28), Eynesham Papers. See Dugdale’s Monasticon. He granted thirty acres of land at Swalcliffe to Bruerne Abbey, 1147-66 and confirmed other lands, probably those above, as no others answer the description.

Robert de Stokes called Radulphus de Wykham, 1238 in the papers of Eynesham Monastery preserved at Christ Church Oxford.

Sir Robert Wykham, of Knt sued for lands at Stoke 1242 , still living 1279. = Anne

The data continues where the decendants come down to Thomas Wickham who came to the Massachusetts/ Connecticut colonies settling on Weatherfield. This family tree goes back to Walchelin. Several places such as the Universities in England and Christ church there store the family information that makes up my family tree. going back to the Norman Conquest of England by my ancestor\'s cousin known as William the Conqueror or King William I.

Should you find that this Walchelin mentioned was the first Norman Bishop of Winchester cathedral don\'t be too shocked or surprised as two more of my tree were also Bishops of Winchester William Wykeham and William William Wickham.

January 31 2014 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it a wonder that sites like Monster are held in low esteem by the average job seeker. The scam businesses scanned applications on many sites like the mortgage refinancers leading up to the housing bubble.When I was told at a seminar for any reason a person left their employment they would be barred for 1 year from working in the industry I knew than they would likely cut workers to limit any witnesses to their mortgage scams.

January 31 2014 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now this isn't a surprise the lack of interest in this site.I guess with over 91.8 million regarded as not in the laborforce and only 10.4 million regarded as unemployed most job sites must be occupying space. People who are still able to fund an expedition to apply for jobs in person or use other Online access have come to the conclusion they are just wasting their time, shrinking savings, and doing more harm to themselves mentally than they should have to. The punduits of give a man a fish vs teaching him to fish should try fishing for jobs that are not available for any excuse. It's time to end unfair trade, imported labor, and end the practice that keeps people long term unemployed and not in the labor force.

January 31 2014 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't get old or be the wrong race you could be targeted by someone forcing you to file a claim.

January 31 2014 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Before this mess over 2/3 of claims field were approved and even some of those brought partial benefit checks.

January 31 2014 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Over 2/3 of claims failed to be approved.

January 31 2014 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Consider the manufacturing sector reeling from contant job cuts amid restructurings, downsizings, and outsourcings over the last 4 + decades. The newer generations have hardly a clue how the decline of the middle class began but they can see the ruined cities of this country that once exported finished products around the world. How could pverty be reversed when the middle class is on the chopping block and the average age of 35 is a omen of job exportation off shore? The BLS and the political labor departments fear approving claims or counting people for lack of funds or party beliefs. Just how bad are things when there is a rapid climb in not in the labor force to the tune of 91.8 million people!

January 31 2014 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is your five year goal asks the interviewer; seems a bogus question when the goal of jobcuts cuts your job before your vested into your 401 K a few months before your 5 th year! What other non relevant questions will their unqualifed interviewers ask as they take advantage of people with more skills and experience than they have!

January 31 2014 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Longterm unemployed caused by age discrimination and outsourcing which pushes people into competing with people already desperate for a job is not even viewed as a problem much more then a soundbite. Up and down claims reports miss all those who don\'t file claims because of their short re-employment before they are out on the street again in this terrible economy.

Dirty players in the unemployment game rush to the aid of their contract bosses like the big box stores and others who try to escape penalties for too many job cuts many as wrongful terminations.

January 31 2014 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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