Initial Jobless Claims Miss Expectations For 6th Week In A Row (More Glitches)

Following the end of the plague of system glitches last week, the Labor Department admits that 5 states estimated levels this week. The initial jobless claims print remains near 4 month-highs (adjusted to for the prior glitch unreality). At 339k vs 330k expected, this is the 6th straight week of disappointment for the 'critical real-time indicator of the economy's health' that some have called this noisy data series. Last week's 'encouraging' print was revised higher from 336 to 341k, we can't wait to see how the 5 estimates affect next week's revision.