Initial Claims Beat, Lowest Since Jan 2008

Good news appaears (for now) to not be bad news for stocks but it is bad news for bonds as they sell-off modestly on the best beat in initial claims in 3 months and the lowest absolute (pre-revision next week) level since January 2008. The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 20 were in Puerto Rico (4.9), New Jersey (3.6), Connecticut (3.5), Alaska (3.4), California (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.4), New Mexico (3.2), Nevada (2.9), Virgin Islands (2.9), Illinois (2.8), New York (2.8), Oregon (2.8), and Rhode Island (2.8). So these are pre-recessionary levels of jobless claims and extended claims continue to slide (and Challenger this morning was positive) - but how does this exuberant job situation fit with the dismal economic data? Perhaps this?