But your intrepid reporter, Aggie, dug them out from the bottom of a cheery story about increasing private sector hiring – during December.
A separate report also released Thursday showed 372,000 people filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, up 10,000 from the previous week.
The weekly initial claims data is known for being especially choppy during holiday weeks. To smooth out the volatility, economists prefer to look at a four-week moving average instead.
That number was 360,000 last week, barely changed from a week earlier.
Meanwhile, 3.2 million people continued to file for a second week or more of unemployment benefits in the week ending December 22, up by 44,000 from a week earlier.
Meanwhile, eh? The last sentence of the report about just how rosy our economy is? Is that a joke?
The hamsters refuse to even participate. They insist that the numbers are bogus and they won’t awaken from their post-holiday slumber to even throw up a hamster nibble. I think that we live in a banana republic and we’ll never have a sense of the real numbers. So maybe some of our readers have an opinion?