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US jobless claims fall to 215,000

By Iain Gilbert

Date: Thursday 23 May 2024

US jobless claims fall to 215,000

(Sharecast News) - Americans lined up for state unemployment benefits at a decelerated clip in the week ended 18 May, according to the Labor Department.
Initial jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 215,000, below market expectations for a reading of 220,000 and considerably below elevated levels seen earlier in the month.

On the other hand, continuing jobless claims rose by 8,000 week-on-week to 1.79m in the second week of May, the highest level in over a month, and the four-week moving average for initial claims, which aims to strip out week-to-week volatility, rose by 1,750 to 219,750.

Reporting by Iain Gilbert at Sharecast.com

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