Unemployment is increasing so fast, so dramatic, well, all I can say is Merry Christmas. Even in normal times Corporations like to give pink slips as stocking stuffers, just in time for the Holidays. This year they have a jump on that fine act and being fired is now the gift that keeps on giving, way before the actual holiday pink slip season.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits approached a 26-year high, and a gauge of the economy's future performance dropped, sending yields on benchmark Treasuries to record lows.
Initial jobless claims climbed to a higher-than-forecast 542,000 in the week ended Nov. 15, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators declined 0.8 percent, and a measure of manufacturing in the Philadelphia region fell to an 18-year low.
Unemployment is expected to increase and note how wrong they were already in underestimating the numbers.
The FOMC now projects the unemployment rate will average between 6.3% and 6.5% at the end of this year and will average between 7.1% and 7.5% next year. Three months earlier, the FOMC had expected unemployment to remain below 6% throughout the period.
The jobless rate hit 6.5% in October