Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, Point to Healing Job Market

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By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to one of its lowest levels since before the 2007-09 recession, a sign of increasing health in the labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended July 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Economists had expected no change in the number of first-time applications for jobless aid.

Employers slashed their payrolls during America's deep recession, but the long cycle of aggressive layoffs now appears over.

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, declined by 3,500 to 311,500 last week. That was the second-lowest reading for the moving average since August 2007. After falling steadily for several years, the moving average has been largely unchanged since the spring.

The labor market, however, is still not fully healed. Firms have been more reticent about hiring, although companies added 288,000 jobs to their payrolls in June and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, closing in on a six-year low.

"The labor market is firming up," said Stephen Stanley, an economist at Pierpont Securities in Stamford, Connecticut.

Stanley cautioned against reading too deeply into last week's claims data because many factories shut down for parts of July to retool, often making claims data during the month volatile.

The Labor Department said there were no special factors influencing the state level data.

The claims report showed the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid increased 10,000 to 2.58 million in the week ended June 28.

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Ann Lane Reed

I'm sure there are plenty of jobs taking care of the immigrant children who ran into the arms of border controllers.

If you are bilingual in Spanish, you can get a job. That's one reason so many Americans, who only speak English, are still in the unemployment lines. You know, the ones who don't want those good paying jobs.
The ones that are pictured above.

July 21 2014 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We can't wait for Steve Case to do his ancestry so we'll post what we have on from my tree!

4 Joseph Wickham (1728-1782) m. Martha Case ( -1791) (lived in Southold, NY, moved to Goshen, NY)

Of course the above is a great grandfather.

Parker Wickham lost the House built in 1649. But his Grand daughter go it back after marrying a Case!

However, the Wickham family regained possession of the property in 1867, when it was purchased from Landon's grandnephew by William Harrison Case and his wife Hannah "Nancy" Wickham, Parker's great-granddaughter.

That's my contribution to Case family history.

July 16 2014 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't think it impossible that claims are accurate. I spoke with a person at unemployment long ago that insisted that data reported to the BLS had to be approved by a Supervisor, an that she knew some data was with held. The states data depends on who is governor at the time. Politics plays a role. If you have a company laying off you might move the report so it misses a certain publishing period. Tighting rules for claimants can force unemployment %'s down and lower numbers of those counted as unemployed. Programs already reject company's job seekers, so what's say they don't delete a applicant to avoid a discrimination lawsuit?

Think there is a reason for 92.1 million not in the labor force, 9.5 million unemployed, and so many undocumented aliens counted as employed. The BLS admits there are countless undocumented employed an says so in it's labor reports but they allow it! So while badgering legal unemployment claimants to seek jobs or lose benefits the undocumented workers escape the labor departments rath! Talk about bias!

July 15 2014 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think former AOL Chief and Co founder Steve Case should check his family tree, he may find some of his ancestor's family were quite close to my ancestors descendants.

I do need a job but thanks to the economy in NJ and my age it's been tough. I spent some of my time getting ancestor data from 100's of sites in England and the US, while enduring the greatest recession and downturn since the 1930's Great Depression. My last job was driving a forklift but the boss that had ordered me to follow his own policies an lift assoiciates on pallets got my co worker and I terminated at the big box store. I had been reasigned while under going Cataract surgery to drive the forklift while under the ADA. NOw what idot would make a nearly blind man drive a forklift and taken the test on computer? Answer some managers with their own policies other than Walmart. The state of NJ tribunal of Unemployment found us innocent of misconduct charges so we got our unemployment benefts but the mis justice of not getting our jobs back was criminal.

July 15 2014 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks to some research by the Curtis family, whose ancestor was in the house of Thomas Wickham son Thomas Wickham jr on 1679, I can post what had happened:

It's important info because the grand father of Nathan Hale the patriot who was hanged by the Brittish was in that house of Thomas Wickham jr. This is a small excerp from the rather long story:

There are two other items of record that bear on our Curtises in this context as well. Stiles notes the results of a
midnight watermelon raid involving James2 and Joseph2 Curtis:
James and Joseph Curtis are prob. the parties, who in 16__, were (with Thomas Hurlburt, Jr., and Thomas
Wickham) sentenced by the Gen. Ct. to imprisonment during the court's pleasure, for agreeing to rob Richard
Smith's watermelon patch, and not only stealing five melons, but afterwards boasting of it.
Finally there was the matter of the Dix girl. From the Hartford County Courthouse Records:
5 Sep 1702, Joseph Curtis (son of Joseph Curtis of Wethersfield, dec'd) accused by Margaret Dix of same town of
being the father of her child.
Margaret Dix was the daughter of John2 Dix; she would have been several years younger than Joseph3 Curtis,
who would have been about 25-26 at the time. Joseph Curtis married in 1708 to Dorothy Edwards.
For generations every school child in America knew about Nathan Hale, the young school master, who at the time
of the Revolution became an ardent Patriot. Sent across the Sound on a mission to gather information about the
British on Long Island, he was captured near Huntington, sent to New York, and hanged as a spy. His last words
were reported to have been, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my Country."
Codman, Hislop. Eliphalet Nott. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Ct.: 1971.
Jacobus, D. L. and Waterman, E. F. Hale, House, and Related Families, mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, pp.
20-21. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford: 1952.
Stiles, Henry R. The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Vol. II, p. 262. Grafton Press, New York: 1904.
Hartford County Courthouse Records reprinted in The American Genealogist, Vol. 22-23-24.

July 15 2014 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can see the response on this site is rather poor. Back in the early 2000's the sites were crowded with posters but AOL and other's deleted the boards. Excercising too much control over the right to free speech discourages users.
The Internet sites have become too commercialized. The theft of user data has become common. Various former employees of these sites have stolen information for their own personal use and sold info to others.

I recorded one of several thefts by using " Edit in MS Word" and to this day when ever I slip the data in a drive warnings come from MicroSoft. :) .

July 15 2014 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Before anyone else nitpicks my typo's just remember some of my ancestors Descendants:
Captain Thomas Wickham the Patriot brother of Parker Wickham the supposed Loyalist during the Revolutionary War.
Csa Brigadier General Williams Carter Wickham who served under Rooney Lee.
Charlotte Georgianna Wickham who married as first wife of Rooney Lee the son Of CSA General Robert E Lee.

There are many more famous people in my ancestry so have some respect for history and get off my back!

July 15 2014 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Thanks for the unnecessary correction of No and know.

My Ancestor whose Surname I carry came here from England over 366 years ago in 1648 and more if you believe Wikipedia who says Thomas Wickham came here with his brother Richard back in 1638. Earlier immigration would mean Thomas was under age 21. Some English spoke and wrote poorly because there were not many people who were afforded an education back in the home country.

I have several copies of transcripts of data that were transfered from old documents used by various researchers.
when writing books or doing reproductions of old writings.

I am the great...... grand child of the Thomas Wickham that settled in Wetherfield Connecticut. The US wasn't created until the Revolutionary War. Thomas Wickham son Joseph is the father of Joseph who married Abigail Parker. My family was split between Patriots and Loyalists some years later during the Revolutionary War.

July 15 2014 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If your under 40, you likely have know idea how bad the manufacturing losses were and how bad the hope sank for people that retrained for skill sets back in the 1980's 90's and early 2000's.

July 14 2014 at 12:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Some of them even knew the difference between 'no' and 'know' but still lost their jobs.

July 14 2014 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't believe the photos on web sites the people may not be the people represented or they may not even be in this country. The people you see may not have any clue to the situation in your state. Liars can figure and figures can lie the real truth is known only to god

I say unto you that I can only wish you the best.

July 14 2014 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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