First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly showed a modest increase in the week ended August 18th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.
The report showed that initial jobless claims edged up to 372,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 368,000. The modest increase came as a surprise to economists, who had expected jobless claims to slip to 365,000 from the 366,000 originally reported for the previous week.
Additionally, the Labor Department said the less volatile four-week moving average crept up to 368,000 from the previous week's revised average of 364,250.
by RTT Staff Writer
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