Fast Facts

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Fast Facts- Initial Unemployment Claims Return To Same Old Same Old

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 413,920 in the week ending December 21, a decrease of 159 from the previous week. There were 457,578 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012 according to the US Department of Labor. The media reports only the headline number, which is seasonally…