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Yearly decline in average jobless claims of nearly 30,000 still not pointing to recession

There has been a bit of talk about jobless claims since the abnormally large fall in claims two weeks ago. Those numbers were skewed by reporting anomalies that were adjusted in the subsequent week. Looking beyond the week to week data, however, one sees a discernible trend down in jobless claims. And this is not consistent with recession.

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