MSNBC: Fewer people requested unemployment benefits last week, pushing the four-week average of applications to its lowest level in more than two and a half years.

The Labor Department says the number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 391,000. It was the third drop in the past four weeks.

The four-week average of claims, a less volatile figure, fell to 402,000. That’s the lowest level since late July 2008 and a hopeful sign that the job market is slowly improving.

….the average is about 25,000 lower than it was three months ago. The decline in applications reflects fewer layoffs, which have fallen to pre-recession levels…


7 Responses to “headway”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    February 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Awesome news! Now you see why the republicans are working so hard at shutting things down. SMH!

  2. 2 HZ
    February 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Praise Almighty God!. Yes, the Republicans do not really want to see people going back to work, but people have a will to provide for their families and take care of their responsibilities. We will make this!!! I have faith in the American people who work hard and want a better life for their families. We will stand together as a nation and move forward in a positive manner. Let us support our President and his Administration. They are working hard for all of us.

  3. February 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I really sense that the tide is turning. The Republicans are overplaying their hand by many degrees. There’s going to be a backlash so strong it gives them whiplash!

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