Unexpectedly according to whom, exactly? Certainly it comes as no surprise to me. And I'm not that bright.
The lede: "More Americans unexpectedly filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, indicating companies lack confidence the economic recovery will be sustained."
Later on: "An unemployment rate that's projected to average 10 percent this year will likely weigh on consumer spending, preventing the biggest part of the economy from accelerating. Without additional gains in sales, companies will be forced to keep cutting costs, limiting staff in order to boost profits."
Still later: "Worker productivity kept surging in the fourth quarter as companies squeezed more out of remaining staff to boost earnings, another report from the Labor Department also showed."
I was going to comment further on this, but all of a sudden I'm just too tired. Instead I'll just repeat these wise words a friend of mine said to me today: "I just love your sense of humor. You take care now!"