The number of Americans filing for unemployment aid dropped less than expected in the week ended June 2. The Labour Department reported on Thursday that initial jobless claims fell 10K to 245K last week, following the preceding week's upwardly revised figure of 255K. Meanwhile, market analysts anticipated a bigger decrease to 241K during the reported week. Nevertheless, claims remained below the 300K level for the 118th consecutive week, the longest streak since 1973. The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of the existing labour market trends, rose 2.25K to 242K during the reported week.
Swiss unemployment rose in January to 3.7%, compared with 3.5% in December. This was stated this morning by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), according to which in late January the amount of unemployed people registered at the regional offices of placement was 164'466 , 5'094 more than in the previous month and 822 more than in January 2016 . Among young people (15-24 years) the number of unemployed increased by 566 units (+ 2.9%) to reach a total of 19'782, which still corresponds to 1,398 persons less (-6, 6%) compared to 12 months ago. People who are looking for employment were 226'861, 3'448 more compared with December and 4'110 more with January 2016).
Benoit Hamon secured the French Socialist Party's presidential nomination on Sunday, beating rival Manuel Valls. Initial results gave Hamon 58 percent of the vote and Valls only 42. Hamon was the more left-wing choice of the two politicians. He supports a universal basic income and wants to reduce the traditional work week to 35 hours. He has also spoken in support of legalizing cannabis and increased investment in renewable energy. Valls, on the other hand, has called himself a more "Clintonite" leftist with a strong belief in pragmatism and individual responsibility.
The annual Swiss unemployment rate rose to 3.3% in 2016, a 0.1 point increase on the previous year, according to figures released by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) on Tuesday. This may appear insignificant compared to the average European unemployment rate of 9.8% but it hides the very real problem of those forced to make up for the financial loss faced by their employers due to the strong franc.
The Eurozone unemployment rate declined to 9.8% for October from a revised 9.9% for September, which was originally reported as 10.0% and was also lower than the consensus forecast of 10.0% for the month and it was the lowest recorded rate since July 2009. Statistics agency Eurostat said Thursday that there were some 15.9 million people without jobs in the euro zone in October, down 190,000 from September and 1.8 million fewer compared with October 2015. However, the youth unemployment that applies to those under 25 years of age held steady at 20.7% in October.
After nearly seven years from the end of the deepest global financial crisis of the postwar period, growth continues to be slow in advanced countries and falling in most emerging market economies. There is even the risk that the world may be drifting toward a new global financial crisis and even secular stagnation. These are the issues examined in this paper.
The unemployed registered at employment offices at the end of October, were 144.531 in Switzerland, or 1.856 units more than the previous month, according to figures released by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). However, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.2%, confirming the trend from May. At the beginning of the year it was 3.6%.
Applications for unemployment benefits in the US fell again in the week endend 17 September. The US labor market confirms the solidity, keeping unemployment at the lowest level since 1973. Claims slide by 8.000 units to 252 000 from 260 thousand the previous week's unrevised. Analysts' forecasts were instead for a small increase to 262 thousand units. The streak below 300k estends to 81 consecutive weeks, the longest since 1970.
Applications for unemployment benefits in the US in the week ended on September 10 grew slightly. Jobless claims rose by 1,000 to 260,000 from 259,000 the previous week. Analysts' forecasts were instead for an uphill 265,000. Applications have come in below 300,000 for 80 straight weeks, longest streak since 1970.
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