Armageddon wrote:The data is for the week of February 5, when all of America was covered in a blizzard. Odd how that is not mentioned.
Indeed that could be true. We'll see next week how much of an effect it had. On the other hand, the storm hit most areas early in the week, which might have given people time to go to the local unemployment office and file their claims later in the week after some of the snow had been cleared, so maybe the effect was minimal. But, maybe not.
Also, you can file for unemployment insurance online in most (all?) states these days, so if anyone got snowed in they could just file from their home computer if they wanted or needed to. For example, here is Illinois' website which lets you file a claim online. Illinois was badly affected by the storm, so anyone who was going to file a claim when the storm hit could just do it online: