According to a report by the U.S. Department of labor, the number of initial claims for unemployment benefits in the U.S. for the week ended August 5, increased by 3 thousand compared with the previous week and amounted to 244 thousand
Analysts had expected the headline number will be 240 thousand
A week earlier, the figure was 241 thousand, revised from 240 thousand
The four-week average for initial applications were down by 1.0 thousand compared to the revised previous week and amounted to 241.0 thousand
The number of insured, and repeated requests for unemployment benefits for the week ended July 29 fell by 16 thousand and amounted to 1951 1967 thousand vs thousand a week earlier. The value of the previous week, revised from 1968 thousand
The four-week average recall increased by 0.5 thousand to thousand 1965.0
The total number of US citizens receiving any kinds of financial unemployment assistance from the municipal and Federal authorities, for the week ended July 22, fell by 35.2 thousand and amounted to 1.97 million people. In the same period of 2016 the number of US citizens receiving government unemployment assistance amounted to 2.14 million people.