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Latest U.S. weekly jobless claims: 255,000

Last time these claims were this low: November, 1973

Latest U.S. figure for real non-supervisory wage: $9.01 per hour

First time this wage hit that level: December, 1971

(Sources: “U.S. jobless claims drop to 41-1.2 year low,” by Lucia Mutikani, Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-jobless-idUSKCN0PX1EO20150723 and calculated fromAverage Hourly Earnings of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees, 1982-84 Dollars,” Series Id: CES0500000032, Seasonally Adjusted, Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey (National), Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject, Data Tools, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet)