Job seekers down 0.9% in December

Requests for workers submitted to the bureau by employers rose 4.9% in December to 25,400, while job placements rose 3.3% to 10,100.

Exactly 226,492 job seekers were registered with the Employment Service and the Mehalev (Wisconsin) Program in December, 0.9 percent less than in the month before in seasonally adjusted terms, the Employment Service said on Monday, noting, however, that trend data indicated a 0.2% rise. Although the "hard core" number of unemployed - those counting more than 270 days out of work - expanded slightly to 38.4% of the total in December from 37.6% in November, the number of newly registered job seekers fell 0.8% to 18,900, according to trend data. Requests for workers submitted to the bureau by employers rose 4.9% in December to 25,400, while job placements rose 3.3% to 10,100.