(Bloomberg) -- U.S. filings for unemployment benefits eased last week following a spike reflecting volatility around spring holidays, Labor Department data showed Thursday.
Highlights of Jobless Claims (Week Ended April 7)
Claims are still near the 45-year low of 217,000 in February, indicating employers’ reluctance to fire staff. The prior week’s increase of 24,000, the biggest since September, may have reflected the impact of the Easter holiday and school breaks, periods when seasonal adjustments tend to be more difficult. Also, applications for jobless benefits below 300,000 are considered consistent with a healthy labor market.
While hiring slowed in March, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report last week, most data indicate the market remains in generally good shape, with an unemployment rate at the lowest since 2000.
- Unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.3 percent for a sixth week
- Colorado, Maine had estimated claims last week, according to the Labor Department
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