Union members hold up "I want to work" placards outside in Los Angeles last week.
The Department of Labor released its weekly unemployment insurance claims report this morning.
For the third week in a row, claims went up.
According to NPR's Jim Zarroli, "The government says the number of people filing first-time unemployment claims hit half a million last week." (That's the highest number since November.)
Bloomberg parses the data:
A cooling economy may be discouraging employers from adding staff and prompting some to step up dismissals, raising the risk consumer spending will weaken more.