Weekly US unemployment aid applications drop to 332K, cutting monthly average to 5-year low

  • Article by: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 14, 2013 - 9:02 PM

WASHINGTON - Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market.

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theagonybhoMar. 14, 13 8:17 AM

Great news, now that were firing on all cylinders and nobodys out of work lets lower unemployment to 26 weeks where it belongs.

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notforwardMar. 14, 13 8:20 AM

Rugaber contradicts himself yet again........ US CEOs report greater optimism about economy, though hiring plans unchanged Article by: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , Associated Press Updated: March 13, 2013 - 8:06 PM

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bsuqb1Mar. 14, 1312:48 PM

The Strib only prints articles that suppor the administrations plan. Ones that don't, like the latest, or shoud i say first, budget proposal are skewed to make the left seems better. Example you ask? Senate budget will "trim" programs while GOP budget "slashes" programs. Remember, low info voters, atleast most, can still read.

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avejoeconMar. 14, 13 1:47 PM

A question for anyone that is kind enough to answer. If there are 350,000 people a week applying for unemployment ane 150,000 jobs a MONTH being created, where are the other 200,000 people. I think there are some games being played with numbers

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cinemajayMar. 14, 13 2:02 PM

Fewer jobless asking for handouts? I blame Obama! ;)

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bannedmuggsMar. 14, 13 2:33 PM

It's kind of unfortunate that with this administration we can't celebrate. They usually release this type of stats and then follow it with a redaction of some sort. I'm waiting for that article.

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gyroboyMar. 14, 13 3:22 PM

Some of us cannot apply for unemployment anymore--I'm out of benefits this week, but still looking.

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realityfirstMar. 14, 13 3:46 PM

avejoecon Jobs created is a net of jobs lost and people hired. So if 350k lost their jobs and 150k jobs were created 500k people were hired. The numbers come from different sources so its not exact math but that's the idea.

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IcareMan77Mar. 14, 13 3:47 PM

I have had enough of the finger pointing. The fact is that the majority of us are getting squeezed tighter and tighter. Every issue is black and white now. We need to find that gray area. That's what America truly is. Working together for the greater good! Meeting in the middle!

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hrearden57Mar. 14, 13 5:35 PM

"Great news, now that were firing on all cylinders and nobodys out of work lets lower unemployment to 26 weeks where it belongs." Good idea since we have a trillion dollar deficit!

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