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The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits surged last week to the highest level in eight months, a troubling sign a day ahead of the government's report on April employment.
The Labor Department said Thursday that applications rose by 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 474,000 last week. But that was largely the result of unusual factors, including a high number of school systems in New York that closed for spring break, the department said.
Still, it marked the third increase in four weeks. Applications have jumped 89,000, or 23 percent, in the past month. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fourth straight week to 431,250.
"The trend is clearly upward, so that's disconcerting," said Kurt Karl, chief U.S. economist for Swiss Re. "When you get three or four weeks in a row of special factors, they're no longer so special."
Applications near 375,000 are typically consistent with sustainable job growth. Weekly applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.
Separately, the Labor Department said U.S. companies squeezed more work out of their staffs in the first three months of the year. But the overall gain in productivity was much slower than in the previous three months.
A slowdown in productivity growth is bad for the economy if it persists for a long period.
Former President George W. Bush declined an invitation from President Obama to join him on Thursday at New York City’s Ground Zero to meet with the families of 9/11 victims.The right gesture by Barry, but I'm not at all surprised that Bush turned it down, that's not who he is. This should also kill the noise that Barry's been trying to take all the credit for killing bin Laden. Barry knows that once he got elected to the high chair he had no choice but to see the world for what it really is: pretty f--king dangerous. It's why he, like it or not, had to continue with every one of Bush's war policies, including waterboarding, which is turning out to be the reason why we finally got the man responsible for killing thousands on 9/11.
Bush appreciated the invitation, but “has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” David Sherzer, a Bush spokesman, said.
Ground Zero, the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by Al Qaeda that felled the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, has turned into a rallying site since New Yorkers learned Usama bin Laden was killed Sunday during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs.
Sherzer said Bush continues to celebrate this important victory in the war on terror with all Americans.
Iowa Congressman Steve King, a Republican, says there are a number of questions that need to be answered now that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. King says whoever emerges as the next leader of the terrorist group needs to be killed, too, and the U.S. needs to be “less forgiving than we’ve been” in terms of how Pakistan may have aided bin Laden.RELATED: Cheney Says Enhanced Interrogation Probably Led To UBL Death
The house where the 9-11 mastermind was staying was reportedly within 100 yards of a Pakistani military compound, and if that’s true, King says there had to be suspicions and secrets being kept.
King wonders if this episode may change President Obama’s mind about so-called torture techniques. King says the information on bin Laden’s where-abouts came from the U.S. compound at Guantanamo Bay and through the use of water boarding. He believes President Obama may change his mind on how to approach the War on Terror.
King also wonders if the U.S. government needs to reconsider its diplomacy with Pakistan and the billions of dollars that nation is receiving as the result of the War on Terror.
“We need to take another look at Pakistan and we need to rethink that,” King says. “They have a nuclear arsenal and if they’re working sometimes as our enemy and sometimes as our friend, we’re going to have to rethink that relationship. We need to rethink how we operate inside of Pakistan. It looks like it worked pretty good this time.”