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Maybe there are just so many unemployed near death people, there’s no one left to be on the official six month unemployment rolls?


WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Initial jobless claims were essentially unchanged at 234,000 in early April, holding near extremely low levels that show the U.S. labor market is going strong despite a slowdown in hiring last month.

Economists polled by MarketWatch has expected new jobless claims to total 245,000 in the seven days stretching from April 2 to April 8.

The more stable monthly average of jobless claims was somewhat higher at 247,250, the government said Thursday.