Economic Statistics for 8 Mar 12
The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:
Challenger reports that announced layoffs in February were little changed at 51,728, compared to 53,486 in January and 50,702 a year ago.
Initial claims for unemployment for the the March 3 week rose 8,000 to 362,000 with the previous week revised 3,000 higher to 354,000. The 4-week moving average rose 1,000 to 355,000.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to -36.7 in the period ended March 4, the highest since April 2008.