Unemployment Claims Fall to Six Week Low

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The number of people seeking unemployment aid last week fell to its lowest level since mid-May, suggesting layoffs are easing and hiring could pick up.

The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the fewest since the week of May 19. The four-week average, which smooths out weekly fluctuations, dipped by 1,500 to 385,750.

Weekly benefit applications serve as a measure of the pace of layoffs. When applications consistently fall below 375,000, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.

Applications declined steadily over the winter, coinciding with a burst of hiring. But applications rose in the spring and were stuck near 390,000 for five weeks. Hiring, meanwhile, slowed sharply in April and May.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    And, here I was thinking it was the Republicans who were killing jobs with their policies only to make the wealthy richer and the poor slaves.
  • by your Right on Jul 8, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    There are no new jobs. Many have just stopped being counted because benefits ran out. They have either left the state or are now living off welfare struggling to survive with what dignity is left. The media supports the democrat agenda and issue anything the democrats report. Pray for a change on Nov 6. Run the economy sucking democrats out of office and give Mi a new chance.
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      by Donnie on Jul 9, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to your Right
      Re-elect Gov. Granholm!
  • by anonymous Location: lansing on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    Unemployment is not down. I took seasonal work and it was part time just to have a job. when the season was over and i was layed off I didnt qualify for unemployment because I had not made enough wage the previous 20 weeks to qualify. wonder how many others are in this boat???
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM
    UNMPLOYMENT IS DOWN, A LOT OF PEOPLE LEFT THE STATE, BUT THEIR NUMBERS WOULD BE PICKED UP ELSEWHERE, IF THEY ARE STILL GETTING UNEMPLOYMENT. BENIFITS HAVE STOPPED FOR A LOT OF OTHERS, NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT. THE WHOLE THING SUCKS.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    The lay offs have eased but there is no hiring going on this is all in someone dreams and is not the reality of it. So dream on people while all those in need of work are still out there with nothing.
  • by vicky Location: jackson on Jul 5, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    Hi i belive unemployment is not down. because there benefits ran out. so for a six week low how many really got a good payiing job? I BET NOT MANY ITS A SHAME PEOPLE JUST CAN'T TELL THE TRUTH!!!! WE NEED MORE GOOD PAYING JOBS........
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      by alex on Jul 6, 2012 at 09:00 AM in reply to vicky
      You are right, the problem is the media needs to stop with this stupid story and tell it like it is even if its depressing, they should say, We now have 100,000 more people without any income added to the 900,000 previous who cannot find a job and have no unemployment benefits. So beware, crime will be on the rise cause people want to provide for their families.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2012 at 09:18 AM in reply to vicky
      Vicky, telling the truth is the media's job. Something they haven't been able to do for a generation or two. Everyone has a agenda these days!?!?!?
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        by free on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM in reply to
        I prefer the media lie to me, tell me half truths, cause i can't take reality, its scary stuff. Sarcasm.
  • by norene Location: jackson on Jul 5, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    did any one count the number of familys moving OUT of michigan looking for work? or those that are out of time and can't reapply?
  • by skeptic on Jul 5, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    Isn't there a lifetime max for unemployment now? If so, doesn't that throw a wrench in the less applications means more hiring logic?
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