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First-time job claims for the week ending Nov. 3, 2012
For the week ending Nov. 3, seasonally adjusted first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell to 355,000, the Department of Labor reported Thursday. That's down 8,000 from the previous week's 363,000. This compares with 388,000 for the same week in 2011. Some of that decline may be skewed due to the inability of people affected by Hurricane Sandy to apply for benefits. If so, those numbers will show up in weeks to come.

The four-week running average that flattens volatility in the weekly numbers was 370,500, a rise of 3,250 from the previous week's average of 367,250.

For the week ending Oct. 20,  the total number of people claiming benefits in all programs, federal and state, was 5,077,231, an increase of 41,864 from the previous week. There were 6,835,604 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Currently, the 100 percent federally funded extended benefit program is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012. That program provides additional weeks of unemployment benefits to certain workers who have exhausted their rights to benefits in states with high unemployment.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:33 AM PST.

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