Jobless claims in early April dropped by over 9,000 applications to just over 230,000; reaching levels not seen in the United States since the mid 1970s.
The new data shows America’s unemployment claims are at a 45-year low as the labor market continues to roar to life under President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.
According to Market Watch, the strong report shows companies across the country complaining about a “shortage of labor” as more and more Americans go back to work.
“Layoffs are near a 45-year low and show no sign of rising. Companies increasingly complain about a shortage of skilled labor with the unemployment rate at a 17-year low of 4.1%, making it harder for them to fill a record number of job openings,” writes Market Watch.
“With labor so hard to find, the bar for letting people go is very high, so layoffs will remain a close to their current levels for some time yet,” said a chief economist.
GREAT AGAIN: $2 TRILLION Added to US Economy Under President Trump
The United States Stock Market has added over $2 trillion to the American economy since President Trump won the 2016 presidential election; smashing expectations and further signaling a robust recovery following years of stagnant growth under Barack Obama.
According to CNBC, the S&P 500 stock index grew by $2.04 trillion since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last November; soaring after the election on renewed hopes of significant tax reform and the reduction of burdensome regulations imposed by Trump’s predecessor.
The largest gains were seen in information technology, financial services, healthcare, and materials.
President Trump now sets his sights on reforming the nation’s complicated and outdated tax code, a key campaign promise to deliver tax relief to millions of American families and businesses.
“People are in wait-and-see mode in terms of tax reform. We get a bit of a pop every time it gets mentioned, but I think the market is in a bit of disbelief,” said one market strategist.
Analysts also credit President Trump’s pledge to rebuild the American military with the massive rise in stocks associated with Defense contracts, reporting some businesses have seen growth of 30% since the US election last fall.
ARMAGEDDON? US Economy to GROW 5.4% in FIRST QUARTER
The American economy continues to roar under President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress, with federal trackers and analysts predicting an unprecedented 5.4% GDP growth in the first quarter of 2018.
The shocking numbers show the US economy rebounding after years of stagnating wages and low-growth GDP in the wake of the “Great Recession” under former President Barack Obama.
“The economy is on track to put up blockbuster growth numbers in the first quarter, according to the latest forecast from the Atlanta Fed,” writes CNBC. “GDP is expected to surge 5.4 percent to start 2018, the central bank branch estimated in its latest rolling look at how the economy is progressing.”
In other signs of progress, consumer spending surged from 3.1% to 4% following the passage of the GOP tax cuts and jobless claims continue to hover around “generational lows” with unemployment at just 4.1%.
President Trump touted the economic success story during his State of the Union address Tuesday night; applauding companies and corporations for raising wages, expanding benefits, and paying big bonuses after he signed the sweeping tax overhaul into law.