A Positive Sign For Job Hunters? U.S. Jobless Claims Dip

US jobless claims down
US jobless claims down

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly fell last week, government data showed on Thursday, suggesting a modest improvement in the labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week's figure was revised up to 367,000 from the previously reported 365,000.