WASHINGTON (9/25/15)--New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly, by 3,000, to 267,000 in the seven days ended Sept. 19 (MarketWatch Sept. 24)
Claims had fallen by 17,000 in the prior two weeks. The average of new claims over the past month, meanwhile, edged down by 750 to a seasonally adjusted 271,750, the lowest level in a month, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The four-week average levels out fluctuations in the more volatile weekly report and is viewed as a more accurate predictor of labor-market trends.
Continuing jobless claims declined by 1,000, to 2.24 million, in the week ended Sept. 12. These claims reflect people already receiving unemployment checks.