Worrisome — but possibly noisy — jobless claims data

December 19, 2013

The Department of Labor reported a surprise increase in initial claims for unemployment benefits today. Jobless claims hit a nine-month high, but a DOL analyst told Reuters that unemployment data can be noisy at this time of year. Here’s Reuters’s graphic with all the pertinent details:

Planned layoffs jump in October

November 6, 2013

The number of planned layoffs in the US was up 13.5% in October from the previous month, Reuters writes. However, there is some good news: