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Initial Jobless Claims Rise Above Market Forecasts

‘There is no evidence of a pickup in involuntary employment separations. We view this as evidence of a tight labor market.’ – John Ryding, RDQ Economics

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, official figures showed on Thursday. The US Department of Labour reported initial jobless claims rose to 243,000 in the week ended March 3, up from the preceding week’s record low of 223,000. Meanwhile, market analysts expected claims would climb to 239,000 claims during the reported week. Last week marked the 105th consecutive week of claims below the benchmark 300,000 level. Analysts state that the US economy is at or near full employment, with companies struggling to find qualified candidates for job openings. The strong performance of the labour market and rising inflation would probably force the Federal Reserve to raise rates at its next meeting on March 15. The Labour Department said there were no special factors influencing claims data. The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of the labour market trends, advanced 2,250 to 236,500 last week. Thursday’s report also showed continuous jobless claims dropped 6,000 to 2.06 million in the week ending February 25, while their four-week moving average fell 5,250 to 2.07 million. The US Dollar traded little changed after the release, as investors awaited Friday’s NFP report.

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