Initial U.S. jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 221,000 in the seven days ended Feb 3. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch forecast a 235,000 reading.
The more stable monthly average of claims declined by 10,000 to 224,500, the government said Thursday. That’s the lowest level since March 1973.
The number of people already collecting unemployment benefits, known as continuing claims, dropped by 33,000 to 1.92 million.
Source : Market Watch