Despite the best efforts of Republicans in Congress, we may have a trend:
Applications (INJCJC) for unemployment insurance payments decreased 13,000 in the week ended Feb. 11 to 348,000, less than the lowest forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News and the fewest since March 2008, Labor Department figures showed today. The median survey estimate projected an increase to 365,000.
The number of people continuing to collect jobless benefits dropped by 100,000 in the week ended Feb. 4 to 3.43 million, the fewest since August 2008. The continuing claims figure does not include the number of workers receiving extended benefits under federal programs.