Jobless claims rise or MSM covers for Obama by using unexpectedly Did you ever notice with all the bad economic news Papa Obama's policies have created, the MSM likes to cover for him by using the term "unexpectedly". Really, only the MSM and the left like to think it was unexpected, everyone else knows the truth that is is not. First-time jobless claims rise unexpectedly New jobless claims rise unexpectedly to 480,000 as layoffs continue, jobs remain scarce WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week, evidence that layoffs are continuing and jobs remain scarce. The rise is the fourth in the past five weeks. Most economists hoped that claims would resume a downward trend that was evident in the fall and early winter. The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for unemployment insurance rose by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 480,000. Wall Street economists had expected a drop to 460,000, according to Thomson Reuters.