US Jobless Claims Hit 52-Year Low After Seasonal Adjustments
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year’s coronavirus recession.
Jobless claims dropped by 71,000 to 199,000, the lowest since mid-November 1969.
The drop was much bigger than economists expected.
The four-week average of claims, which smooths out weekly ups and downs, also dropped – by 21,000 to just over 252,000, the lowest since mid-March 2020 when the pandemic slammed the economy.
Seasonal adjustments around the Thanksgiving holiday contributed significantly to the bigger-than-expected drop.