Ekonomické zprávy

U.S. weekly jobless claims total 196,000

The data from the Labor Department showed Thursday the number of applications for unemployment increased more than forecast last week. 

According to the report, the initial claims for unemployment benefits climbed by 13,000 to 196,000 for the week ended February 4. That was the highest weekly total in four weeks. 

Economists had forecast 190 000 new claims last week.

Claims for the prior week were left unrevised at 183,000.

Meanwhile, the four-week moving average of jobless claims declined to 189,250 from an unrevised 191,750 in the previous week. That marked the lowest count since late April 2022 (188,250).

As for continuing claims, they increased to 1,688,000 from a downwardly revised 1,650,000 (from 1,655,000) in the previous week. That represented the highest reading in five weeks.

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