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Guess What Happened Unexpectedly… Again. That’s Right. Unemployment Claims Rose.

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

fish memory Today on “Mythbusters”.  We already busted the myth that a goldfish can only remember for 3 seconds.  Now, we test a new myth.  Does an AP reporter have any memory at all?

Pattern recognition failure, part 3 4 10…  whatever.  How is it that something that occurs EVERY F***ING WEEK is a shock every time it happens?

I used to link to my pointing this out week after week, but why bother.  If you are interested, here is the link to the search page for “UNEXPECTEDLY

The AP gets to use its favorite adverb again, and this time it’s even more ridiculous when reading the spin on the latest unemployment news.  Initial jobless claims rose again last week, and as the AP explains, it probably comes in part with the massive snowstorm that blanketed the mid-Atlantic region.  But if that’s the case, then why would they describe it with the word “unexpectedly” (via HA reader DogSoldier and JWF) ?

The number of new claims for unemployment benefits jumped unexpectedly last week as heavy snows caused layoffs to rise.

In addition, many state agencies in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions that process the claims were closed due to the storms and are now clearing out backlogs, a Labor Department analyst said.

The department said Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 496,000. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a drop to 455,000.

Bad weather can cause job losses in construction and other industries sensitive to weather.

That much is true.  Construction workers laid off from stalled projects can claim unemployment until the employer and/or customer is ready to resume.  Since that’s the case, one might have expected the number of jobless claims to increase, especially considering the severity of the storm and the inability of cities to clear the streets.  Washington DC had to shut down for most of a week because of the weather.

So why didn’t the geniuses that the media love to quote “expect” this?

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