Unemployment claims climb in holiday week
December 29th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Unemployment claims climb in holiday week

New York (CNNMoney) - The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits took an upswing just before Christmas.

About 381,000 people filed initial jobless claims in the week ended Dec. 24, the Labor Department said Thursday. That marked an increase of 15,000 from the prior week. Economists were expecting claims to rise to 368,000.

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  1. diridi

    why don't you work part-time in some store, or McDonald. Prestige? Better than food coupon, and free money. Just keep looking for work. If GOP is in Power, Jobs will now be there as part time, will be shipped overseas. o.k, GREED is hurting this nation, apart from "Jealous".

    December 29, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It has been reported that Sears/K-Mart is closing around 120 Stores. That tells me un employment is going to be Stagnent for some time to come. I doubt things will pick up until we get a new President.

    December 29, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Count them next week and be surprised again, as they continue to climb.

    December 29, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    You mean those promising numbers were due to seasonal hiring? Gee... didn't see this coming.

    December 29, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. gt

    thats not good... and christmas workers have not been laid off yet....the change america has been seeing is not what we wanted... 10% unemployment around the corner ? where is president ? oh yea vacation again..ugh

    December 29, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ►About 381,000 people filed initial jobless claims in the week ended Dec. 24, the Labor Department said Thursday. That marked an increase of 15,000 from the prior week. Economists were expecting claims to rise to 368,000.◄

    Does this paragraph makes sense? If it rose to 381,000 – an increase of about 15,000 jobs – then how were Economist expecting unemployment to rise to 368,000???

    Maybe I didn't wake up yet! If I am supposed to read further to figure out what is meant in this paragraph, I refuse to!!

    Obama 2012!!

    December 29, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. WireweirdinSF

    They saw that Obama and the drug addicts werre able to steal the Social Security money of hard working taxpayers to briibe the weak minded products of our NEA dominated education system and they want in on the goodies that Obama and the liberal democrats are offering also.at tax payer expens. This is all occuring while he is on a $4 million dollar vacation and his wife is scooting around Hawaii in a $2,000 sunskirt. Very hypocritical, but typical of the incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady that SEIU stole the electino for.

    December 29, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Meanwhile while Barry Obama is enjoying yet another mult-million dollar golfing spree in Hawaii, unemployment goes up! The "so-called" rosy picture Democrats are painting will soon fade even more once those employed for jobs for the Holidays drop even further.

    To date, based on verified data and not when he's out campaigning, Obama has played golf for 3 full months during his Presidency (90 days with the TAXPAYERS paying his green fees! To make matters worse, this hacker couldn't break 100 on his best golf day ever!

    Thankfully, the legions of American voters, not already blinded by the Liberal media or the tired old Obama/ DNC class warfare rhetoric are astutely sitting up and taking notice. THE PEOPLE will vote this miserable excuse for a President back to the South side of Chicago where he rightfully belongs! What an absolute embarrassment this hacker is!

    December 29, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Get Real

    The only thing that bothers me about these articles is the following:

    When unemployment drops – Obama gets the praise

    When unemployment rises – The Republicans get the criticism

    You can't have it both ways people, they(both sides) are to blame for the mess. This is why I probably will not vote in 2012 because no candidate from either side has impressed me and since our country downplays 3rd party candidates instead of giving them a chance.

    December 29, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |