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 ending September 2 rose by 62 thousand compared to the previous week and amounted to 298 thousand
Analysts had expected the headline number is estimated at 245 thousand
A week earlier the number of initial claims amounted to 236 thousand
The four-week average for initial appeals increased by 13.5 thousand compared to the figure last week and reached 250.25 thousand
The number of insured, and repeated requests for unemployment benefits for the week ended 26 August, decreased by 5 thousand and amounted 1940 1945 thousand vs thousand a week earlier. The value of the previous week revised from 1942 thousand
The four-week average for repeat complaints decreased by 4 thousand to thousand 1948.25
The total number of US citizens receiving any kinds of financial unemployment assistance from the municipal and Federal authorities, for the week ending August 19, decreased by 44.3 thousand and amounted to 1.87 million people. In the same period of 2016 the number of US citizens receiving government unemployment assistance amounted to 2.06 million people.