Jobless Numbers Worse Than Expected — Snow Blamed [Reuters via CNBC] "New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week as harsh weather conditions in some parts of the country kept workers at home and caused a backlog in the processing of claims, a government report showed on Thursday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped 51,000 to a seasonally adjusted 454,000, the highest since late October, the Labor Department said. That was the largest weekly increase since September 2005. Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to be little changed at 405,000."
NY Metro Area Slammed by Another Monster Storm [NY Post] The Big Apple was brought to a virtual halt early this morning by another monster storm — this one not only shutting area airports, but also closing city public schools and non-emergency government offices, as well as forcing the suspension of all buses citywide.