Jobless claims fall but spike in energy sector claims signals problems

New jobless claims drop sharply. First-time requests for jobless aid dropped by 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 454,000, The decline takes claims to their lowest level since early May,

Jobless claims work in tune with the stock market. Both stocks and claims are leading indicators. This report had the first back to back increase in jobless claims in 16 weeks. 4 week moving average is the highest in 18 weeks. Continuing claims have also been increasing. In the week of November 3 rd they increased 40,000.

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Then again, the energy sector is typically a go-to group when the bull starts. Retail sales rose by the fastest rate in eight months for November as holiday shopping got underway. Jobless claims.

 · In another report on Thursday, the Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted.

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That’s the lowest in nearly four months, but it’s also ambiguous at a time when the crowd’s desperate for strong signals about what comes next. But as the chart below suggests, it’s unclear if we’re set to resume the fall in new jobless claims or stuck at an elevated level.

We believe the sustained break in oil and gasoline prices in the U.S. that began in late June 2014 accounts for what appears to be a step-change in the number of initial unemployment insurance claims being filed, as the number of new jobless claims being filed each week began to fall more steeply than it had during the previous trend.

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