WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell by a larger-than-expected amount last week.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for jobless benefits dropped by 6,000 last week to a total of 327,000. That was a bigger decline than analysts had been expecting.
The four-week average of claims did rise by 1,750 to 327,000, a six-month high, reflecting some of the pressures the labor market is coming under.
Analysts are looking for the unemployment rate to rise slightly in coming months, reflecting a slowing economy. For September, economists believe the jobless rate remained at 4.7 percent with businesses creating a modest 80,000 new jobs. The government will release that data Friday.