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US jobless claims reach lowest level in nine months, increasing pressure on the Federal Reserve.

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US Jobless Claims Hit Nine-Month Low, Signaling Steady Economy

Positive Trend in Jobless Claims

Despite expectations of increasing layoffs due to high US interest rates, American unemployment benefit applications have significantly dropped to a nine-month low of 198,000 last week. This marks the first time they dipped below the 200,000 mark since mid-January, indicating low job losses and a steady economy. These figures contradict economists’ forecasts of new claims totaling 210,000 for the week ending Sunday.

Decrease in Claims Across States

A decrease in new jobless claims was reported in 45 out of the 53 states and territories reporting to the federal government, with an increase observed only in eight. Raw or actual claims before seasonal adjustments reached a low of 181,181, one of the lowest levels in over half a century.

Swift Job Placement Amidst Demand

Those collecting unemployment benefits in the US saw a rise of 29,000 to 1.73 million. However, most laid-off workers are finding new jobs quickly due to the high demand for goods and services. Businesses are not laying off many workers, leading to a robust labor market.

Market Impact and Federal Reserve

The robust labor market affected the stock market and the U.S. Treasury yield. The stock market was projected to open lower on Thursday, while the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury rose slightly to 4.96%. This labor market strength could put pressure on the Federal Reserve to maintain high-interest rates unless wage growth moderates further and helps steer inflation back towards its target of 2%.

This article provides an overview of how jobless claims in the US have reached a nine-month low, indicating a stable economy with low job losses. The decrease in claims was observed across various states, while the demand for goods and services has led to swift job placement for most laid-off workers. The impact of the robust labor market is also affecting the stock market and Treasury yield. In light of these developments, the Federal Reserve may face pressure to maintain high-interest rates unless wage growth moderates and inflation returns to its target level.