The Department of Labor may have hit a new low with their explanation on Thursday as to why initial jobless claims spiked unexpectedly on Thursday when a spokesman attributed it in part to spring break.

You remember spring break don’t you?  It’s the annual Easter week break where college kids traditionally head to sunnier climes like Florida and party like there’s no tomorrow.

Up until now I never knew that tens of thousands of partying college kids were responsible for mass layoffs and therefore contributed to our unemployment problem.

But alas I’m not the only skeptic.

As Reuters reported even economists were a bit dumbfounded at the idea that this weeks spike was due to spring break:

Michael Strauss, Chief Economist of Commonfund

“The Labor Department doesn’t come out and say we messed up our seasonal factor adjustments, but they did. Their way of putting it is the claims were tied to spring break layoffs in New York. Why did we have that? Because spring break was later because of the floating nature of the Easter holiday.

“Is it going to affect payrolls number? No.”

And Marc Pado, U.S. Market Strategist for Cantor Fitzgerald also chimed in:

This weekly claims number, there is a bunch of stuff in there that is kind of screwy in that they are noting a spring break holiday in New York — I don’t know why that has an impact. The change in the benefits program and of course the disaster in Japan having impacted plants that closed down because they couldn’t get parts so those people went on jobless claims. So getting a clean number is going to be difficult. We also had a difference in some of the seasonal factors because these are seasonally adjusted and we had a late Easter this time.”

In reality aren’t any layoffs that may be caused from one week of college kids leaving school balanced out by their invasion of cities like Ft. Lauderdale?

I’m sure that restaurants, bars and hotels staffed up in anticipation of the increased demand offsetting any job losses that may have occurred in college towns across America.

Considering that spring break has been a long held tradition in this country, the idea that this one week college binge is responsible for unemployment claims spiking is ludicrous to say the least.

Then again we are dealing with n administration grasping fro straws as they try to explain away persistently high unemployment numbers that threaten their reelection chances next year.

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