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U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly decline

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Staff Writer | August 25, 2016
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, according to the Labour Department.
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Working in America   Jobless claims declined by 1,000
U.S. initial jobless claims declined by 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised level to 261,000, beating expectations for a jump to 265,000.

This marked the 77th consecutive week claims were below 300,000 - the longest streak since 1973.

The four-week moving average of news claims was 264,000, down 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average.

The four-week average is considered more reliable as it smooths out sharp fluctuations in the more volatile weekly figures, giving a more accurate picture of the health of the labour market.


 

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