US – Initial Claims
08/11/2019 09:59 am MYT
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The seasonally adjusted initial claims for the week ending 2 Nov 2019 was 211,000, which decreased by 8,000 from the previous week. The 4-week moving average increased 250 from the previous week to 215,250 – see figure 1. Continuing jobless claims for the week ending 26 Oct 2019 registered a seasonally adjusted 1.690 mln, down 3,000 from the previous week, while the 4-week moving average was unchanged at 1.687 mln. The underlying trend remained consistent with a tight labour market.

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Even four months after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, scientists still do not fully understand the mysterious coronavirus - hence, no cure is in sight. Although an increasing number of countries are relaxing restrictions and reopening their economies, with the threat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still grave and present, most businesses cannot operate normally and some remain closed. As a result, the retrenchment wave has started, with the SME Association of Malaysia reporting that some companies have already retrenched a third of their staff, with more retrenchments on the way. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Employers Federation, the country’s biggest federation of employers, warned that more than 2 mln people may lose their jobs after Raya.

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