February 8, 2018
The numbers: Initial U.S. jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 221,000 in the seven days ended Feb 3. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch forecast a 235,000 reading.
The more stable monthly average of claims declined by 10,000 to 224,500, the government said Thursday. That’s the lowest level since March 1973.
The number of people already collecting unemployment benefits, known as continuing claims, dropped by 33,000 to 1.92 million.
What happened: Missouri, California and New York saw big declines in unadjusted jobless claims, but in most states there was little change.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:19 am