weekly unemployment claims

Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly as Labor Market Improves

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting a pick-up in the labor market recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 340,000.

Jobless Claims Improve Again

Fresh data shows the nation's labor market is continuing to improve modestly. The number of people filing new claims for unemployment fell to a seasonally adjusted 432,000 for the week ending Dec. 26, the Labor Department reports, down 22,000 from the previous week's 454,000.