The number of unemployment claims has fallen slightly.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 448,000 in the week ended April 24, the Labor Department said.
Analysts polled by Reuters had expected claims to fall to 445,000 from the previously reported 456,000, which was modestly revised up to 459,000 in Thursday's report.
Though initial claims have resumed their downward trend interrupted by the Easter holiday, analysts worry the pace is too slow and underscores the fragility of private hiring.
Despite all of the manufactured controversy over the census, the Census Bureau reports the rate of returned forms is the same as in 2000, about 72%.
Beginning Saturday, 600,000 enumerators will go door-to-door to find the up to 48 million households that failed to respond.
A reminder of why the census is important: workingamberica.org/blog
Two Miners Missing in Kentucky. There was a collapse in the Webster County Coal Dokiti Mine:
Records show inspectors from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing have issued 31 orders to close sections of the mine or to shut down equipment because of safety violations since January 2009. Those records also show an additional 44 citations for safety violations that didn't result in closure orders.
This is why The Protecting America's Worker's Act pdf is crucial.
cross posted at Main St./workingamerica.org/blog