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Oil price tumbles as unemployment claims rise



Published: Thu, May 5, 2011 @ 11:24 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil is tumbling more than 3 percent after the government reported a jump in applications for unemployment benefits.

The Labor Department report added to growing concerns about weaker oil and gasoline demand in the U.S. Industry and government surveys have indicated that Americans are buying less fuel as pump prices rise.

The rise in claims for unemployment benefits suggests that fewer people are driving to work. That should depress gasoline demand even further, analysts say.

Benchmark crude dropped $3.56 to $105.70 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Retail gasoline prices rose for the 44th consecutive day to a national average of $3.985 per gallon.


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1redeye1(4711 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Boy! I sure glad people voted for change, aren't you! Where oh where is Obammy now. He should be trying to lower gas prices, but he isn't.

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2Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Yea because Obama has a say in how gas prices fluctuate from investing on Wall St and its his policies doing it. /s

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