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Claims Jumping

11:01 AM, Oct 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Bad news on the jobs front, with Reuters reporting that:

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits hit a six-month high last week ...

But not to worry.  We now have a handy, all-purpose alibi for this sort of thing.  We simply blame it on the glitch.  Obamacare, you see, is fine.  Just a glitch.  The kind of thing that Apple experiences with any rollout of a new product. In this case, the spike in claims can be accounted for by glitches in California:

… which is still dealing with technical problems from the upgrading of its computers [and] accounted for about half of the increase in claims, a Labor Department analyst said. Troubles converting to the new system had resulted in a backlog of claims, which were now being pushed through, he said.

A reassurance, then, to all.

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