Weekly jobless claims jump 34,000 to 386K

posted at 10:41 am on July 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, I warned readers that the Independence Day holiday always plays hob with reporting on the weekly initial jobless claims data, which is why the measure dropped to 350K last week, its lowest reading in four years.  This week’s report puts the measure back on the same track it has held most of the year, rising 34,000 to jump back up to 386,000 — which includes the now-indispensable upward revision of 2,000:

In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 386,000, an increase of 34,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 352,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,500, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 377,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 7, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 7 was 3,314,000, an increase of 1,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,313,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,311,750, an increase of 1,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,310,750.

Reuters manages to avoid the “U” word while still noting that the results exceeded expectations — by more than 20,000:

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rebounded last week, pushing them back to levels consistent with modest job growth after a seasonal quirk caused a sharp drop the prior period.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 34,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week’s figure was revised up to 352,000 from the previously reported 350,000.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 365,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, fell 1,500 to 375,500.

The market lost some earlier gains after the announcement:

U.S. stock index futures pared some of its earlier gains Thursday after the weekly jobless claims rose more than expected and as investors digested a bag of mixed earnings reports.

Jobless claims jumped 34,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, according to the Labor Department. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 365,000. The four-week moving average for new claims fell 1,500 to 375,500.

Frankly, I don’t see this as much of a change at all.  July has unique issues for this metric, with automaker furloughs more the norm than the exception, as well as the reporting difficulties over one of the truly national holidays in the year.  Skip last week’s result and we end up with a remarkably stable series: 386K, 374K, 388K, 392K, 389K  for the last five weeks apart from the holiday week report.  That would average out to 386K — which is exactly what we have today, at least until next week shows an upward revision in this number.

The big takeaway isn’t that the jobs situation got appreciably worse, it’s that it stayed the same as it has been since the start of the second quarter.  That is bad news, but not in the way this artificial jump would suggest.


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9% unemployment, you didn’t build that, OBAMA DID

SWalker on July 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

That is bad news, but not in the way this artificial jump would suggest.

“Artificial”? We haven’t even begun to see what “artificial” looks like. That comes closer to election day.

Rational Thought on July 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Unexpectedly!

totherightofthem on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“We’re headed in the right direction”

GarandFan on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

All Bush’s Fault.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Unexpectedly Unexpected Unexpectedness…

Scrumpy on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This is a shocking development

workingclass artist on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Weekly Weakly jobless claims jump 34,000 to 386K

Enhanced.

hillsoftx on July 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

“We’re headed in the right direction”

GarandFan on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ummmmm…..Lean Forward or something

workingclass artist on July 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

totherightofthem on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Beat me.

BigGator5 on July 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

What was it that Obama said…oh, never mind…nothing Obama says is worth the air it takes to utter.

He did say he’d be a one-term President if the economy did not improve in three years.

But that was before he decided that being prezdit was too much fun for him, Michelle and the girls to give it up.

Besides, it is all Bush’s Romney’s fault, right?

coldwarrior on July 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

But you people don’t understand. The recession Obama inherited was far worse than anyone could’ve anticipated.

(And BTW, it’ll continue to be that way until things improve, whenever the hell that may be.)

Doughboy on July 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

We need more food stamps and unemployment checks on the double!

gsherin on July 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The big takeaway isn’t that the jobs situation got appreciably worse,

No, the real elephant in the big take away room is, that the Obama Administration has had to upwardly revise the unemployment numbers every single week since they took office, yet nobody calls them liars to their face when they trot out each weeks new demonstrable false numbers.

SWalker on July 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Americans aren’t stupid. They know the president is trying his best.
 
Uppereastside on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

it’s like deja vu all over again

rhombus on July 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Weekly jobless claims jump 34,000 to 386K

YOU built that Obama!

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Americans aren’t stupid. They know the president is trying his best.

Uppereastside on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM
rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Keep it up, rogerb. I’m loving these quotable non-notables. Pure gold.

rhombus on July 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Frankly, I don’t see this as much of a change at all. July has unique issues for this metric, with automaker furloughs more the norm than the exception, as well as the reporting difficulties over one of the truly national holidays in the year. Skip last week’s result and we end up with a remarkably stable series: 386K, 374K, 388K, 392K, 389K for the last five weeks apart from the holiday week report. That would average out to 386K — which is exactly what we have today, at least until next week shows an upward revision in this number.

America has flatlined under Obama

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

“We’re headed in the right direction”

GarandFan on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“The private sector is doing fine”

VegasRick on July 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Unexpected synonyms for the LSM:

abrupt, accidental, amazing, astonishing, chance, electrifying, eye-opening, fortuitous, from left field, impetuous, impulsive, instantaneous, not bargained for, not in the cards, out of the blue, payback, prodigious, staggering, startling, stunning, sudden, swift, unanticipated, unforeseen, unheralded, unlooked-for, unpredictable, unpredicted, wonderful

Brian Mallard on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Winning.
 
inthemiddle on June 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

It’s because Romney outsourced all those jobs while at Bain Capital.

MaiDee on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The big takeaway isn’t that the jobs situation got appreciably worse, it’s that it stayed the same as it has been since the start of the second quarter. That is bad news, but not in the way this artificial jump would suggest.

…which is something Team Obama and/or his big media supporters should have noted, before trotting out last week’s “signs of recovery/bad week for Romney” stories. They set themselves up to make a stable (yet high) number into an issue — had they shut up, at the very least they could have used the tried-and-proven Clintonesque “That’s old news” line to brush off the latest numbers. Now the jump back to the former levels is compounded by Obama’s Roanoke quote, allowing Team Mitt to drive home the president’s anti-business (or at best, indifference to business) attitude home for at least one more week.

jon1979 on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Hey Barack! See what happens when you don’t meet with your jobs council for over 6 months?

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Have to love the “modest job growth” laugher. The media never stops debasing it’s souless self for their statist politics and stumbling, corrupt, politicians. Will Obama address this? Or do we get more “Bain Capital” nonesense?

arand on July 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Barack Hussein Obama…mm mmm mmmm!

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

That cardboard sign that the unemployed display at street corners…

They didn’t make it..

Someone else did…

Now show up in November and vote that…someone else..out of office.

Electrongod on July 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

This is the economy that Dear Leader built…yes, he can!

d1carter on July 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Frankly, I don’t see this as much of a change at all. July has unique issues for this metric, with automaker furloughs more the norm than the exception, as well as the reporting difficulties over one of the truly national holidays in the year.

Except automakers aren’t furloughing this year. From Reuters:

Claims data is volatile in July because of the timing of the annual auto plant shutdowns for retooling.
Automakers are not embarking on wholesale plant shutdowns, throwing off the model that the department uses to smooth the data for typical seasonal patterns.

Curmudgeon on July 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Weekly jobless claims jump 34,000 to 386K

“This is a big nothingburger”
/libsquirrel4life

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

But Americans still trust Obama more to handle an alien invasion and that’s what matters.

Obama/Biden 2012

Punchenko on July 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Obama 2012. Let’s go!!
 
Uppereastside on May 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

unemployment that obama built.

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Forward!!

Next stop? 400K !!
yayyy
/MSM

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I just thought of the “smooch-cam”. And threw up.

My late father had to live through the Great Depression. I never thought that I would have to, also.

kingsjester on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Dems project that Repubs are “rooting for failure”….

Looking at these numbers, a vote for Obama is doing just that.

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

There will probably be some ups and downs, but still don’t make this election as solely or even primarily about the economy — the problems in the economy area largely a result of the larger problem… the out of control govt, including corruption (like stimulus cronyism).

Do put it bluntly, the question is: do we turn into a virtual socialist state, or not? That’s the issue, not the economy, per se.

anotherJoe on July 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

My flatlined 401K wants to replace the empty suit. Even my 401K knows that his departure will slow the rising of the unemployment and heal the economy.

I suspect businesses and equity markets will improve as it becomes more apparent that change is coming.

freedomfirst on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Obama on unemployment: “I didn’t build that, somebody else made it happen”

wildcat72 on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

America has flatlined under Obama

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

after getting beat down with a hockey stick…

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Here are a few findings for the first 1,257 days of Obama’s presidency, based on the president’s official schedule as posted on the White House website and POLITICO:

He has spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings of any kind (assuming a six day, 10-hour workweek).

• Obama spent 412 hours (or 41 10-hour workdays) in economic meetings or briefings of any kind.

• There were 773 days (72 percent), excluding Sundays, in which he had no economic meetings.

• So far this year, Obama has spent 24 total hours in economic meetings of any kind.

• Throughout his presidency, Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings. For comparison, consider that dog owners spend an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs Source

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

But Americans still trust Obama more to handle an alien invasion and that’s what matters.

Obama/Biden 2012

Punchenko on July 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yes, but that’s only because we all assume that he is leading the Alien Invasion.

SWalker on July 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

@jimgeraghty I have a feeling the September and October employment numbers are going to get massaged harder than a Bangkok sex tourist.

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Wow, what a misleading headling by CNBC.

Jobless claims went UP, so it’s a REBOUND. When was the last time you heard “rebound” used to describe something bad?

“US combat deaths in Afghanistan rebounded this week…”

Uncledave on July 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“Forward!”
~ Barack Obama ~

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Weekly jobless claims jump 34,000 to 386K
YOU built that Obama!

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

…oh no!…JugEars had a bunch of help from Hairball Reid and Nazi Pelosi!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

@jimgeraghty I have a feeling the September and October employment numbers are going to get massaged harder than a Bangkok sex tourist.

8 percent. 8 percent. 8 percent… unnnhhh….!

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Americans aren’t stupid. They know the president is trying his best.

Uppereastside on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM
rogerb on July 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Americans may not be stupid, but Uppereastside sure is. Obama trying his hardest as President is like an 85 year old cripple trying his hardest in the NFL.

bw222 on July 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

We are in a depression.
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/greenspan-stimulus-made-economy-worse
even greenspan said it. we are in 1935 all over again.
Data shows that the 29 depression was made worse by the government stepping in . as it has here in this depression its been made worse by the government doing that AGAIN!.
And this is the fault of the government. Oblunder build that !

ColdWarrior57 on July 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Who wants to write this week’s satire of TouchdownBuddha before he/she posts this week’s soothing, neutral, everything-is-going-to-be-alright-after-these-headwinds-die-down pablum?

MidniteRambler on July 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

4-week average slipped; last week’s report probably influence by the July 4th holiday the week before. Markets taking it all in stride, as we have improved productivity numbers and earnings are looking better than expected. Dow 13K is again in reach …

TouchdownBuddha on July 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

• Throughout his presidency, Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings. For comparison, consider that dog owners spend an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs Source

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Good find. This is the sort of data I’d like to see Romney build a series of ads around. Facts, facts, facts – and then throw in that ridiculous quote of his about staying awake at night worrying about unemployment – as he and his wife party and travel like there’s no tomorrow.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

As the economic news continues to worsen, I’m glad that Obama has emptied his chambers of most of his panders by now, many or all of which have gone nowhere.

Single women–especially those with kids–want your free contraception and Obamacare? Vote Obama and enjoy being crushed by a lousy economy.

Hispanics, want amnesty for your illegal-immigrant relatives? Vote Obama and enjoy being crushed by a lousy economy.

Blacks, want teachers unions to keep your kids trapped in the worst schools? Vote Obama and enjoy being crushed by a lousy economy.

Young people, willing to support a radical green agenda and to accept a Mickey Mouse interest rate cut for your support? Vote Obama and enjoy being crushed by a lousy economy.

BuckeyeSam on July 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

You aren’t unemployed. Someone else made that happen. Obama.

lorien1973 on July 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

…at least until next week shows an upward revision in this number.

The reflexive cynicism is justified, sadly.

socalcon on July 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Reuters manages to avoid the “U” word while still noting that the results exceeded expectations — by more than 20,000:

They know they’re being relentlessly mocked, as they should be.

msupertas on July 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM

posted link twice and it doesn’t show up…well it was cnbc

The AARP data shows:

2007 – 1 in 300 homeowners over 75 faced foreclosure

2012 – 1 in 30 homeowners over 75 face foreclosure

Obamanomics….Forward!

workingclass artist on July 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Seriously, given Obama’s background, how could swing voters believe Obama would be willing or able to get the U.S. economy on track?

Would anyone on Hot Air hire Obama to do anything?

BuckeyeSam on July 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

“Big miss.” or unexpectedly? No wonder “we didn’t build that.”

Bmore on July 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Jobs offshored by Dell, maybe.

Philly on July 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Who wants to write this week’s satire of TouchdownBuddha before he/she posts this week’s soothing, neutral, everything-is-going-to-be-alright-after-these-headwinds-die-down pablum?

MidniteRambler on July 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

4-week average slipped; last week’s report probably influence by the July 4th holiday the week before. Markets taking it all in stride, as we have improved productivity numbers and earnings are looking better than expected. Dow 13K is again in reach …

TouchdownBuddha on July 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Right on schedule!!!

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Would anyone on Hot Air hire Obama to do anything?

BuckeyeSam on July 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Sample canine delicacies?

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Out: SNAFU

In: BOFU

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Obama Schedule || Thursday, July 19, 2012

by Keith Koffler on July 19, 2012, 9:31 am

10:45 am || Departs the White House
12:45 pm || Arrives Jacksonville, Florida
1:15 pm || Attends fundraiser #1; Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville
3:30 pm || Attends fundraiser #2; Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville
4:35 pm || Departs Jacksonville
5:35 pm || Arrives West Palm Beach, Florida
6:20 pm || Attends fundraiser #3; Century Plaza, West Palm Beach
7:35 pm || Attends fundraiser #4; Century Plaza, West Palm Beach

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Americans aren’t stupid. They know Uppereastside is trying his best.

Uppereastside on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

FIFY.

Tenwheeler on July 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Reminder of the Day: Obama Wants To Talk Outsourcing? Really???

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/reminder-of-day-obama-wants-to-talk.html

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Cody1991, Is 0′s schedule something you could post for us each day? If yes I sure would appreciate it. A good place to post it would be Obamateurism of the Day. Thanks in advance if you can. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

What? No golfing?

VegasRick on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Americans aren’t stupid. They know the president is trying his best.

Uppereastside on July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Yeah, and his best ain’t NEAR good enough!

Curmudgeon on July 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

To quote the NH business owner in the latest Romney ad: “President Obama, you’re killing us out here.”

Obama: Oh, great! 34,000 new golfing partners! Fore!!!

Steve Z on July 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Markets taking it all in stride, as we have improved productivity numbers and earnings are looking better than expected. Dow 13K is again in reach …

TouchdownBuddha on July 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Maybe the stock markets are anticipating a Romney victory, to be out from under Obummer Summer.

Steve Z on July 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I don’t think he’ll be too pleased with the welcome some Floridians have waiting for him.

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Bmore on July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Bmore, I should have added the link: http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/07/19/obama-schedule-thursday-july-19-2012/#comments

Koffler posts the schedule every day. Yesterday he actually had several meetings with Cabinet members – the horror!

It would be interesting, if someone hasn’t already done this, to pull up archived schedules. People who don’t follow politics might be surprised to see how little time he spends doing his job as opposed to campaigning and golfing.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I don’t think he’ll be too pleased with the welcome some Floridians have waiting for him.

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Excellent.

So far my favorite welcome is this one: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/obama-welcomed-to-beaver-ohio/

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Weekly jobless claims jump 34,000 to 386K

“The private sector is doing fine.”

petefrt on July 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

It’s fine. Why just today I saw fewer people in the soup line down at the local mission, that’s a sign that things are moving along nicely.

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

That long unemployment line didn’t just invent itself.

Scrappy on July 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I am glad this is being posted every week, but I for one am sick and tired of every week seeing 300K+ jobless claims every week! We have to kick this POS out of office in November!

jeffn21 on July 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

For the U.S. Economy the News Is Bad and Worse

The real unemployment rate is around 15 percent and we’re only setting ourselves up to make it worse.
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/mzuckerman/articles/2012/07/18/for-the-us-economy-the-news-is-bad-and-worse
oblunder built that ! He made it happen all on his own.

ColdWarrior57 on July 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Wow, what a misleading headling by CNBC.

Jobless claims went UP, so it’s a REBOUND. When was the last time you heard “rebound” used to describe something bad?

“US combat deaths in Afghanistan rebounded this week…”

Uncledave on July 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Did not notice that. Pathetic. And good catch btw.

WitchDoctor on July 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Ed’s right- the job market didn’t get appreciably worse this week; it saw a correction from last week’s holiday anomaly.

BUT- the media played up last week’s number as some major improvement in the job market. Headlines on every news aggregate and every left -and left-leaning new organization touted last week’s numbers as good news for Obama and possibly a new direction in the economy. That was a massive fail.

BKeyser on July 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

TDBudda – the markets are looking for Q3 and arcane movements in the gasoline supply for anything to move the market – so earnings are slightly better than expected – big deal. Businesses have been hoarding cash for the whole recesiion under Obama, so nothing is new. There is not much hiring going on and exceeding estimates that were lower to begin with isn’t anything to get excited about. We will see what it all looks lke when the earnings reports are all in, but this jobs report is just a further indication that things are still not very good.

Zomcon JEM on July 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

An homage to roads:

Thank You, Road

by Keith Koffler on July 18, 2012, 1:21 pm

I’ve decided not to work today.

It’s a bit of a perilous decision, because this is a job where if you don’t work, you really can’t survive very long. Readers have lots of other options. It’s basically a job where I eat what I kill, every day.

But I feel comfortable not working today because I know I have help:

The road outside my window.

The road, which was built by Obama – or someone like him – brings me all the stuff I need to do my job. Because I’m not really responsible for my business. The road is.

So I’m going to spend today with my feet up on the table – until my wife makes me take them off – and stare out the window, watching the road do its work.

And then, after lunch, I’m going to go over to the sink, and run the faucet.

Because I want to remind myself I don’t send the water to my house. Other people do this. These people, combining their efforts within a public utility, get me the water I use to bathe myself and make my coffee. And I know full well that without soap and caffeine, I would never have been able to build this blog.

And then I’m going to go over to the computer and surf for awhile on the Internet, which was invented for me by DARPA and Al Gore. The Internet brings my readers to me.

Why should I bust my back for 12 hours today when I have all this beneficence working for me?

Actually, I’ve decided to spend several days doing nothing, letting all these gifts from the government work their magic.

And then, after a week of this, I’m going to head to the unemployment office and sign up to start getting more gifts from the government.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I don’t think he’ll be too pleased with the welcome some Floridians have waiting for him.

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Those danged radical Tea Partiers! They’re dead! Why won’t they lie down already? /

Great signs, Patriots!

Naturally Curly on July 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The Late Steve Jobs Has A Few Words For Mr No-Jobs

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-late-steve-jobs-has-few-words-for.html

M2RB: Simple Minds, Live Aid, Philadelphia, 13 July 1985

Resist We Much on July 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Unexpected synonyms for the LSM:

abrupt, accidental, amazing, astonishing, chance, electrifying, eye-opening, fortuitous, from left field, impetuous, impulsive, instantaneous, not bargained for, not in the cards, out of the blue, payback, prodigious, staggering, startling, stunning, sudden, swift, unanticipated, unforeseen, unheralded, unlooked-for, unpredictable, unpredicted, wonderful

Brian Mallard on July 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I have to admit your list caught me off-guard.

Extrafishy on July 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM