Contrary to the Republican narrative, unemployment rates and benefits claims typically decrease while a Democrat is in the White House. Applicants for unemployment benefits have now fallen to a 42-year low.

From October 4 to October 10, jobless claims decreased by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 255,000. Claims are registered when one loses their job and files for unemployment benefits. Weekly claims are the lowest they’ve been since 1973, and significantly lower than when President George W. Bush left office.


On average, the monthly number of claims fell by 2,250 to 265,000. The information shows that employers, despite slowing hiring, are hanging on to employees and avoiding layoffs. The week ending on October 3 enjoyed continuous decreases in jobless claims to 2.16 million nationwide, the lowest in 15 years.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced