New jobless claims are people who recently became unemployed and have just begun looking for work, which is a prerequisite to collecting unemployment benefits. Discouraged workers are people who are unemployed less than 12 month who have not looked for work for at least 4 weeks.
The two categories have absolutely nothing to do with each other. You were a fool for thinking otherwise and Conservative is a desperate fool for 'liking' your mistake. But then again, he constantly demonstrates his need to try to better me, even by proxy of others more competent than himself.