- by New Deal democrat
New jobless claims are likely to the most important weekly economic data for the next 3 to 6 months. They are going to tell us whether, as the number of those vaccinated continues to increase, there will be a veritable surge in renewed commercial and social activities and attendant consumer spending, leading in turn to a strong rebound in monthly employment gains.
Here is the close up since the end of July (recall that these numbers were in the range of 5 to 7 million at their worst in early April):
Because YoY comparisons would be with the worst of the pandemic, including widespread lockdowns, I have discontinued that graph as temporarily unreliable.
Continuing claims, which historically lag initial claims typically by a few weeks to several months, also made new pandemic lows yet again this week. Seasonally adjusted continuing claims declined by 46,000 to 3,794,000, while the unadjusted number declined by 90,696 to 4,142,940: