D-FW Second Only to New York in January Job Growth

D-FW Second Only to New York in January Job Growth

Dallas-Fort Worth added 100,100 jobs year-over-year in January, making it the second-largest driver of job growth in the U.S. behind New York, which added 141,000 jobs. D-FW's January unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, down slightly from the year before, when it was at 4.1 percent. Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a four-week high and exceeded estimates, a sign the labor market may be softening somewhat even as it remains strong overall. Jobless claims rose to 229,000 in the week ended March 9, above economists' forecasts of 225,000, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to a six-week low of 223,750.

Key insights

-The rise in claims, although modest, suggests forces such as the government shutdown and slower global growth could be reverberating through the economy. Some analysts have expressed concern that recent rises in claims indicate that the job market may be cooling somewhat after several years of strong gains.

-At the same time, the Federal Reserve's patient stance on interest rates is likely to support further labor-market gains in coming months.

-Continuing claims, which are reported with a one-week lag, rose by 18,000 to 1.776 million in the week ended March 2.

-The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.2 percent.

-The previous week's total claims were unrevised at 223,000...

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