First time claims hitting an all-time low for the pandemic area is because EVERYONE IS ALREADY OUT OF WORK. They can hardly tout that as being a sharp improvement.
The U.S. employment picture improved sharply last week, with first-time claims for unemployment insurance hitting a fresh pandemic-era low. Initial claims totaled 498,000 for the week ended March 1, against the Dow Jones estimate of 527,000. That was down from the previous week’s total of 590,000, which saw a substantial upward revision from the initially reported 553,000. While the jobs market still has a long way to go before it fully heals from the pandemic damage, improvement has accelerated in recent weeks as restrictions on activity continue to be lifted. Though the pace has eased lately, the U.S. is still ... (full story)