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What is the significance of the word "Initial" in the report title "Initial Jobless Claims?"

Does initial refer to new claims made for the first time, in which case it would seem that the number would necessarily be added to the existing number of jobless or is it simply rhetorical confusion, or what?
February 24, 2011


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An initial jobless claim is when somebody applies for unemployment benefits for the first time. There is another report about continuing claims, that shows the total number of people who receive unemployed benefits under unemployment insurance.

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