From the Washington Examiner:  In the latest sign of a booming economy, human resources officers from some 500 corporations anticipate a massive 66 increase in cash Christmas bonuses, added to a big surge in gifts and parties for American workers.

New data to Secrets from Accounting Principals said the “average bonus” will jump from $1,081 last year to $1,797.

Other goodies:   39 percent of companies plan to give employees other perks throughout the year instead of a bonus.  38 percent will give charitable donations in lieu of a bonus, up from 31 percent in 2016.  33 percent of HR managers say that asking a boss for a bonus directly will increase the likelihood of getting a bonus, compared to 15 percent in 2016.

More good news:   New claims for US jobless benefits fell in mid-November, confirming the strength of American labor markets and continuing a record streak of low levels, official data showed Wednesday.

The result suggested November could see continued strong job creation as employment recovers from hurricane-related disruptions at the end of the summer.

For the week ending November 18, new claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 13,000 to 239,000, matching analyst expectations.

Rollbacks matter.

Hat tip washingtonexaminer.com/Yahoo.com