Fewer Americans lined up to file for unemployment benefits in the first two weeks of March, offering more evidence that employers are adding workers to their payrolls.
Nationwide, the number of new applicants for unemployment assistance fell 25,000 in the two weeks that ended March 13, to 351,000, the U.S. Department of Labor said yesterday.
Analysts warned, however, that there was no evidence that this was part of a trend, because the number of people applying for jobless benefits has moved erratically since the start of the year, when new weekly claims were 343,000.
In Maryland, the number of people filing new claims for the week that ended March 6 dropped to 5,192, down 291 from the previous week's level, the state reported. That was far below the February 1992 high of about 10,000 new claims.
The total number of Marylanders drawing unemployment insurance during the week was 56,112, down 2,730 from the previous week.