Jobless Claims Joke Chart Of The Day

Initial jobless claims tumbles to 259k (from a revised 277k) near 43 year lows, leaving the smoother 4-week average lower at 267.5k. What we find "odd" about this seasonally-adjusted data is that the employment components of both the Manufacturing and Services ISM data has completely collapsed in the last few months. So what sector of the economy is maintaining the illusion?

Not The Onion...

 

Not even China tries this level of shenanigans.

 

Charts: Bloomberg