Thursday, September 04, 2008

Thursday Is New Jobless Day


The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped by 15,000 last week, the government reported on Thursday, adding to signs of a weakening labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits climbed to a seasonally adjusted 444,000 in the week ended Aug. 30 from a revised 429,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast 425,000 claims, the same as the previously reported count for the prior week.