Unemployment Claims Falling Back to Earth

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Initial jobless claims fell last week. The claims are a proxy for layoffs – the decrease offers further evidence that employers are holding onto their labor despite economic turbulence. 

For the week ending October 15, 214,000 initial claims were filed, down 12,000 from the week before. The 4-week moving average increased very slightly to 212,250. 

Late this summer, initial claims rose mildly from historic lows, but those increases have peaked. Now, claims are settling comfortably near their pre-COVID levels. In the week ending February 1, 2020 – right before the pandemic sent them soaring –  there

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