Ekonomické zprávy

U.S. weekly jobless claims total 232,000

The data from the Labor Department revealed on Thursday the number of applications for unemployment decreased more than anticipated last week.

According to the report, the initial claims for unemployment benefits declined by 17,000 to 232,000 for the week ended February 19.

Economists had foreseen 235,000 new claims last week.

Claims for the prior week were revised upwardly to 249,000 from the initial estimate of 248,000.

Meanwhile, the four-week moving average of jobless claims declined to 236,250 from an upwardly revised 243,500 (from 243,250) in the previous week. This was the lowest count in five weeks.

As for continuing claims, they dropped to 1,476,000 from a downwardly revised 1,588,000 (from 1,593,000) in the previous week. This was the lowest total since the week ended March 14, 1970.

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