Despite Mass Layoffs, US Jobless Claims Declined Last Week

First things first, here’s what’s been reported – in the real world labor market – in 2024

1. Twitch: 35% of workforce
2. Roomba: 31% of workforce
3. Hasbro: 20% of workforce
4. LA Times: 20% of workforce
5. Spotify: 17% of workforce
6. Levi’s: 15% of workforce
7. Xerox: 15% of workforce
8. Qualtrics: 14% of workforce
9. Wayfair: 13% of workforce
10. Duolingo: 10% of workforce
11. Washington Post: 10% of workforce
12: Snap: 10% of workforce
13. eBay: 9% of workforce
14. Business Insider: 8% of workforce
15. Paypal: 7% of workforce
16. Charles Schwab: 6% of workforce
17. Docusign: 6% of workforce
18. UPS: 2% of workforce
19. Blackrock: 3% of workforce
20. Citigroup: 20,000 employees
21. Pixar: 1,300 employees

And here’s the government-supplied statistics…

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits for the first time last week dropped from 227k to 218k (below the 220k exp). On an NSA basis, claims tumbled even more…

Source: Bloomberg

We assume there was some impact in here from the ice storms, but still, Oregon, Ohio, and California saw the biggest declines in claims while Missouri and Texas saw the biggest increase…

Continuing jobless claims also decline (of course, it’s an election year) from 1.894mm to 1.871mm…

Source: Bloomberg

We give the Richmond Fed’s Tom Barkin the last word:

“I am cautious about accuracy of numbers around the turn of the year.”

Cautious is one word…


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