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US Jobless: positive surprise, but still no V-shape

Recent data on weekly applications for unemployment benefits in the US came out mixed. There were 1.48M of the initial claims last week. Once again, it is showing a decrease in noticeably slighter than median expectations (1.32 million). A week earlier, this figure was 1.54 million.

The number of continued claims, however, presented a positive surprise, dropping to 19.522M against the expected 19.97M and 20.29M a week earlier.

Both of these indicators peaked in March and May, respectively. However, it is still difficult to see the V-shaped economic recovery on these charts. This divergence widens the gap between the behaviour of US stock indexes and employment statistics. The latter very often acts as a reliable leading indicator of economic activity, capable of returning markets from heaven to earth.

The FxPro Analyst Team

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