What’s going on:
The Labor Department reported on Thursday that the first-time filings for unemployment benefits were 264,000 last week, according to Associated Press. The numbers for the previous two weeks marks the highest level since October 2021.
Layoffs at companies within the technology sector, including IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Twitter, Lyft, LinkedIn, Spotify, and DoorDash, as well as non-tech companies like McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, and 3M are said to have an impact on this unemployment.
Why it matters:
Unemployment claims have spiked, which may be a sign that the Federal Reserve’s previous rate hikes were leading to a slowdown in the labor market.
How it’ll impact the future:
If unemployment claims continue to remain high, this could affect job security and other opportunities in the U.S. labor market. The Federal Reserve’s ongoing campaign to combat inflation might also be contributing to this trend.
It may indicate a slower economic recovery, and businesses might adopt a more cautious approach to hiring. This in turn can result in prolonged job search periods and increased competition for available positions. Additionally, a slowdown in the labor market may result in increased competition for available jobs, which may potentially lead to lower wages.