US initial jobless claims rise a little less than expected
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose a little less than expected last week, according to data released on Thursday by the Labor Department.
Initial jobless claims increased by 2,000 from the previous week’s upwardly-revised level to 232,000. This was below expectations for a jump to 235,000.
Meanwhile, the previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000.
The four-week moving average came in at 229,500, down 2,500 from the previous week's average, which was revised up by 250 to 232,000.
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.