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 February 3 fell by 9 thousand compared to the previous week and amounted to 221 thousand
Analysts had expected the headline number will be 236 thousand
A week earlier the number of initial claims amounted to 230 thousand
The four-week average for initial requests decreased by 10 thousand compared to the figure of the previous week and amounted to 224.5 thousand.
The report stated that the procedure of collecting information on the virgin Islands, Puerto Rico still has not returned to normal levels.
The number of insured, and repeated requests for unemployment benefits in the U.S. for the week ended January 27, decreased by 33 thousand and reached 1923 1956 thousand vs thousand a week earlier. The value of the previous week revised from 1953 thousand
The four-week average recall increased by 12.5 thousand thousand to 1946.00
The total number of US citizens receiving any kinds of financial unemployment assistance from the municipal and Federal authorities, for the week ended 20 January, increased by 92.4 thousand and amounted to 2.41 million. In the same period in 2017, the number of US citizens receiving government unemployment assistance amounted to 2.54 million.