Initial Jobless Claims Soars To Highest Since August Amid Illinois Chaos

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 - 8:35

Despite ongoing government-enforced lockdowns and small business closures, analysts expected the number of Americans seeking first-time unemployment benefits to remain flat in the first week of 2021 (even after ADP and BLS showed big job losses), but, they were "surprised" when initial claims exploded higher.

965k Americans filed for first time jobless claims in the first week of 2021 - a massive jump from last week's 784k and well above expectations of a 789k rise.

Source: Bloomberg

There is likely plenty of seasonality issues with this data but we do note some extreme swings in Illinois data.

Remember last week saw a massive outlier drop in Illinois...

And now this week, Illinois is at the top - seeing over 50,00 initial claims...

Continuing Claims rose for the first time since Thanksgiving Week...


Of course, this is all irrelevant given tonight's economic address by Biden which will save everyone with trillions of free money for doing nothing.