US Jobless Claims Rise Sharply as Labor Market Slows Down

US Jobless Claims Rise Sharply as Labor Market Slows Down

Increased number of jobless Americans: The US labor market is easing as the latest data revealed that the new claims for unemployment benefits have surged. The Labor Department reported that claims for state unemployment benefits rose 22,000 to a preliminary 231,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week of May 4. This is the highest level or rate since mid-October last year and far above economists’ estimate of 215,000 new claims.  

While jobless claims are expected to be higher than the previous week, the increase can be attributed to the continuing tightening of the labor market with fewer positions available and companies cutting down their workforce. This trend will continue due to factors such as the Federal Reserve assuming consideration of lowering its interest rate to control inflation. The political landscape remains bullish due to the high inflation rate and diminished demand in the labor market, having raised interest rates to 525 basis points since March 2022.  

While the number of first-time claimants has been steadily increasing over the past months, the hires, or the number of those still receiving benefits after a first week of aid, rose by only 17,000 to 1. 785 million. This implies that the perceived increase in claims may only be shrugging and not a progressive inclination that is likely to continue.  

The LAUTER predicts that the relaxing labor market conditions imply a possible slowdown in wage inflation that may affect the timing of the first rate cut. While some economists are predicting that the rate cut may be made as early as this month, there are others who expect it may happen only in the Special. Some recent signals suggest that increases in jobless claims are also masked by strong fundamentals in the labor market, which is likely to sustain its support of the economy. 

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Nilanjana is a lawyer with a flair for writing. She has a certification in American Laws from Penn Law (Pennsylvania University). Along with this, she has been known to write legal articles that allow the audience to know about American laws and regulations at ease.

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