6/16/16, "Jobless claims climb to 277,000 as California filings surge," Marketwatch, Jeffry Bartash
"Initial U.S. jobless claims rose by 13,000 to 277,000 in mid-June,
but the increase is likely tied to seasonal quirks that could unwind in
the next few weeks. Broadly, layoffs nationwide remain low.
number of new applications for benefits during the week stretching from
June 5 to June 11 was little changed in most states
the government reported Thursday.
claims soared by 55% to 54,805 in the Golden State, an unusually large
increase. A similarly outsized gain occurred in Pennsylvania.
some states, certain school employees such as bus drivers or cafeteria
can file for benefits when the school year ends. Some workers who could
have filed claims at the end of May, what’s more, may have waited
because of the Memorial Day holiday to apply in the following week.
Whatever the case, new claims remained below the key 300,000 mark for the 67th straight week, the longest streak since 1973.
though hiring has slowed, job openings in the U.S. remain near at a
record high and many companies complain they can’t find enough skilled
workers. That’s forced some firms to raise wages....
claims increased by 45,000 to 2.16 million in the week ended June 4.
These claims, reported with a one-week delay, reflect people already
receiving unemployment checks."