unreal, you would think at this point they would no longer be surprised or this would not be so 'unexpected'. unlike the bush years where in every expectation was trumpeted loudly and in the toilet and good news was huge surprise, there lies the trial to the abyss of objectivity...... now for what really counts...will any jobs be created this month? Jobless claims rise more than expected WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, a government report showed on Thursday, suggesting little improvement in the labor market this month after employment stumbled in May. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week's figure was revised up to 420,000. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims to edge up to 415,000 from a previously reported count of 414,000. The claims report covers the survey period for the government's closely watched data on nonfarm payrolls for June. Claims increased 15,000 between the May and June survey periods, implying little or no gains in nonfarm payrolls this month after a modest 54,000 increase in May. The data is the latest in a series to underscore the weakness in the economy, which has persisted through the second quarter. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday acknowledged the slowdown, but generally perceived it as temporary. Although it cut its growth forecasts and downgraded its view of the labor market, it gave no indication of further monetary support. The U.S. central bank confirmed it was winding up its $600 billion bond-buying program at the end of June. Jobless claims rise more than expected - Yahoo! News Oh and when does a "stumble" become fallen down and I can not get up, or handicapped? 2 months? 5? 8?