Good Grief, the no-stimulus stimulus bill needs to be rescinded to pay down the national debt, it is doing absolutely NOTHING to put people back to work. Jobless Claims Rise in Latest Week - WSJ.com BY SARAH N. LYNCH The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week -- an increase a U.S. Labor Department economist said is partly due to an administrative backlog in processing claims. Total claims lasting more than one week, meanwhile, declined. Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 36,000 to 482,000 in the week ended Jan. 16, according to the Labor Department's weekly report Thursday. The previous week's level was revised upward to 446,000 from 444,000. Get ready for a double-dip recession.