US Unemployment Claims Rise Slightly, Remain Low - NBC New York

US Unemployment Claims Rise Slightly, Remain Low

The number of Americans collecting unemployment checks fell slightly to 1.94 million, down 9.5 percent from a year ago

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    US Unemployment Claims Rise Slightly, Remain Low
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    In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, photo, a flyer advertises job openings with Big 5 Sporting Goods during a job fair in San Jose, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier.

    More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the numbers remained low and consistent with a healthy job market.

    The Labor Department says 236,000 people filed claims for jobless aid, up from 235,000 a week earlier. The less volatile four-week average slipped by 1,250 to 236,750, lowest since May.

    Unemployment claims are a proxy for layoffs. They have come in below 300,000 for 130 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970. The low level suggests that companies are confident enough in the economy to be hanging onto staff. The unemployment rate is at a 16-year low 4.3 percent, and employers last month added a healthy 209,000 jobs.

    The number of Americans collecting unemployment checks fell slightly to 1.94 million, down 9.5 percent from a year ago.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)