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 2, decreased by 2 thousand compared to the previous week and amounted to 236 thousand
Analysts had expected the headline number will be 239 thousand
A week earlier the number of initial claims amounted to 238 thousand
The four-week average for initial requests decreased by 0.75 thousand compared with the figure of the previous week and amounted to 241.5 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 is still not stabilized.
The number of insured, and repeated requests for unemployment benefits in the U.S. for the week ended November 25 fell by 52 thousand and amounted to 1908 1960 thousand vs thousand a week earlier. The value of the previous week’s revised 1957 thousand
The four-week average recall increased by 1 thousand thousand to 1912.75
The total number of US citizens receiving any kinds of financial unemployment assistance from the municipal and Federal authorities, for the week ending November 18, decreased by 113.8 thousand and amounted to 1.65 million people. In the same period of 2016 the number of US citizens receiving government unemployment assistance amounted to 1.79 million people.