The Labor Department had bad news for anyone looking to a recovery in the nation’s unemployment numbers: it’s still ugly out there. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader stock market sank on the report.

The ETF Dashboard shows a rush to Treasury Bond ETFs and other safe-haven instruments as a result of the downbeat news. Go here to find out how you can see the Dashboard.

First-time jobless claims rose to the highest number in nine months – a figure that’s moving in decidedly in the wrong direction if anyone wants consumers to loosen the grip on their wallets. But other economic reports struck a conflicting tone. Leading indicators rose 0.1% last month, a signal that while the economy isn’t necessarily backsliding, it’s not moving forward, either. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEArca: DIA) is down 1.4% so far this morning; in the last 10 days, it’s down 2.3%. [How the Dow Is Calculated.]

Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), apparently not content with being the world’s largest chip maker, is now making a play to become a major player in the security market with its acquisition of McAfee (NYSE: MFE). It’s the largest deal in Intel’s history and a sign of a broader trend in which well-positioned tech companies are staking claims in other fast-growing tech segments. The news doesn’t seem to agree with iShares S&P North American Technology-Semiconductors (NYSEArca: IGW), which is down 1.5% so far today. Intel is 8.5% of the fund. [Tech ETFs to Skip If You’re Bearish Like Cisco.]

Technology ETFs

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