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Expectedly, ‘Unexpectedly’ Used Again to Describe Rise in Jobless Claims

By Doug Powers  •  August 19, 2010 10:07 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The media must be getting a whopper of a tax credit whenever they apply the term “unexpectedly” to reports of rises in jobless claims.

Reuters double-dipped this week, first in the title of their story, and again in the opening sentence:

Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, government data showed on Thursday, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.

Dan Riehl says this “unexpectedly” stuff is getting “beyond parody” — and that’s saying the least. Remember the picture from one of the Voyager spacecraft that was taken from the edge of our solar system looking back toward the earth and the sun? This parody has gone beyond even that — unexpectedly.

In other Reuters news:

–Mayor Bloomberg Supports Ground Zero Mosque, Unexpectedly
–Steven Tyler Falls Off Stage, Unexpectedly
–Charles Rangel Hit With Another Ethics Charge, Unexpectedly
–Obama Takes Vacation, Unexpectedly

Update: The Hill gets in on the act too:

A new Labor Department report that shows an unexpected jump in jobless claims may be the death knell for the White House’s “recovery summer.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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