Initial Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Surge, Continuing Claims Lowest In 45 Years

2016 ended with a 13% YoY decline in initial jobless claims. However, thanks to a late-year surge (which we are sure will be excused away with 'weather' of some sort), 2017 saw initial claims rise 6.5% YoY. Initial claims rose 11k to 260k (against expectations of a decline to 245k)..

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However, continuing claims continue to fall, breaking down this week to the lowest level since 1973... Continuing claims fell 35k to 1.867mm (beating expectations of 1.92mm)...

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As good as it gets?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-11/initial-jobless-claims-unexpectedly-surge-continuing-claims-lowest-45-years