Initial Jobless Claims Beat; Continuing Claims At Lowest Since Dec 2007

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Initial jobless claims rose very modestly from last week's near 7-year lows but handily beat expectations with the 4-week average at its lowest since September 2007. Of course, as Yellen explained yesterday, none of this matters as if one indicator of jobs improvement gets too strong to enable more easy money, we simply flip to another that indicates a different worse (more real) reality. Continuing Claims also dropped (beating expectations) to uits lowest since Dec 2007 (as if the whole crisis never happened).



As a reminder though from the US President...




For all those curious why layoffs and departures are so low, the answer is simple: hires are 1 million lower than they should be:


Finally, for the DOL data fanatics, enjoy the new format in which claims data is now being released:


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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:39 | 4668944 Xibalba
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unicorn tears. if the Participation Rate was still at 2000 levels, Unemployment would be 13.0%

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:40 | 4668949 GetZeeGold
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Participation rate....that's the real story.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:42 | 4668960 spastic_colon
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is that what euro equities were frontrunning?  that and the fact it's the last trading day of the week and then we get the "because its monday rally"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:42 | 4668966 ilion
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This is bullish.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:47 | 4668983 Squid Viscous
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Nice 10 handle bounce, everyone wants to be long over 3 day weekend, i guess they decided Putin is a giant pussy in the last 72 hours or so... interesting

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:53 | 4669014 DavidC
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Op ex day as well.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:20 | 4669370 Cattender
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for one Fucking WEEK: Only 300 and some odd Thousand people Filed for Unemployment? WOOOOHOOOO!!!! it's a Recovery Sheeple Bitches!!!!!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:40 | 4668951 TeamDepends
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Is it just us, or does that top chart resemble a nation that has tapped out?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:41 | 4668956 Winston Churchill
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If nobody was working initial claims would be  zero.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:05 | 4669082 BeetleBailey
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There's no one left to fire....

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:46 | 4668979 overmedicatedun...
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funny, as fewer work, UE goes down, still getting 0% CCard offers and home equity, and great deals on reverse mortages, while dollar stores close down, lay offs continue, .gov data is for another planet in another dimension. string theory rules.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:47 | 4668982 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Anybody can get a job these days.  The day labor industry is booming, you get paid the very same day, and they transport you to the job site.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:48 | 4668989 wmbz
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Blue Skies, Spring Time, Green Shoots, 50 Million On Food Stamps!

Buy now or be priced out forever...No brainer!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:54 | 4669023 Seasmoke
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We are going to use 6.5 as a benchmark, ......


until we hit 6.5, then we will switch to an entire different benchmark. 





 END THE FED. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:03 | 4669069 caShOnlY
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Wait a second.  They have blamed the weather over and over again for every metric they spin as positive, and there we many.   And all that bad news that they blamed the weather on resulted in LESS JOBLESS CLAIMS!!!???   for real??????????????????????? 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:27 | 4669156 AynRandFan
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Chart of real median household income:

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:44 | 4670615 dizzyfingers
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AynRandFan Old, dates only to 2012... Probably worse now.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:06 | 4669307 Blue Horshoe Lo...
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If you believe anything that comes out of the US government, I'd like to sell you Bigfoot's shoes & a UFO ship I got on sale on eBay.

Only $10 million in the barbarous relic known as gold, no Bernanke bucks accepted.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:39 | 4669648 insanelysane
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There is a slight chance that Bigfoot and UFOs exist but there ain't no fucking way that the US government tells the truth about anything.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:42 | 4670603 dizzyfingers
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