Ekonomické zprávy

U.S. weekly jobless claims total 210,000

The data from the Labour Department revealed on Thursday the number of applications for unemployment unexpectedly decreased last week.

According to the report, the initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 2,000 to 210,000 for the week ended March 23. This marked the first drop in first-time unemployment claims in three weeks. 

Economists had foreseen 215,000 new claims last week.

Claims for the prior week were revised upwardly to 212,000 from the original estimate of 210,000. 

Meanwhile, the four-week moving average of jobless claims slipped to 211,000 from an upwardly revised 211,750 (from 211,250) in the previous week.

As for continuing claims, they jumped to 1,819,000 from a downwardly revised 1,795,000 (from 1,807,000) in the previous week. This represented the highest reading since the week ended January 20 (~1,830,000).

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