Higher-than-expected unemployment claims and lower-than-expected housing start figures

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

17:41, 17 September 2020

The US economy continues to be in a slump

The Department of Labor latest report showed for the second consecutive week figures that came above the estimate.

The total filings came in at 860,000 for the week ended September 12. The consensus was 825,000. However, they are lower than last week's 893,000. 

On the other hand, the number of continuing claims fell to 12.63 million, beating the 13 million expected, marking the lowest level since March. 

Alongside the Department of Labor's disappointing data came negative news from the Census Bureau regarding the numbers in housing. Multifamily housing constructions dropped 14.2%, while those for single-family surged 6%.

The markets reacted accordingly over the fact that the recovery of the labor market stalls. USA30 fell 0.9%, while USA500 lost 1.4%. TECH100 dropped 2.1%.  

Read all about last week's numbers here!

Sources: forexfactory.com, cnbc.com

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