US weekly jobless claims drop to eight-month low; labor market remains tight



<br /> US weekly jobless claims drop to eight-month low; labor market remains tight <br />
















































Washington, Sept. 21 (BNA): The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to an eight-month low last week, pointing to persistent labor market tightness even as job growth is cooling.

 

The report from the Labor Department on Thursday also showed unemployment rolls in early September were the smallest since January. It was published a day after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady but stiffened its hawkish stance, with a further rate increase projected by the end of the year and monetary policy to be kept significantly tighter through 2024 than previously expected, Reuters reported.

 

“This economy is just not showing any sign of slowing down which hints that inflation will not be coming back down to target,” said Christopher Rupkey, chief economist at FWDBONDS in New York. “The Fed was wise to keep another interest rate hike in their back pockets just in case, and it now looks like another rate hike is warranted.”

 

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 201,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the lowest level since January. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 225,000 claims for the latest week. Claims are in the lower end of their 194,000-265,000 range for this year.

 

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