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 December 23, unchanged compared with the previous week and amounted to 245 thousand
Analysts had expected initial jobless will reach 241 thousand
A week earlier the number of initial claims amounted to 245 thousand
The four-week average for initial appeals increased by 1.75 thousand compared with the figure of the previous week and amounted to 237.75 thousand
The report stated that the procedure of collecting information on the virgin Islands remains difficult. In addition, the collection of information in Puerto Rico has still not returned to normal levels.
The number of insured, and repeated requests for unemployment benefits in the U.S. for the week ended December 16 rose by 7 thousand and amounted to 1943 1936 thousand vs thousand a week earlier. The value of the previous week’s revised 1932 thousand
The four-week average recall was lower at 4.25 thousand to thousand 1919.75
The total number of US citizens receiving any kinds of financial unemployment assistance from the municipal and Federal authorities, for the week ended 9 December, widened to 102.1 thousand and amounted to 2.0 million people. In the same period of 2016 the number of US citizens receiving government unemployment assistance amounted to 2.14 million people.