Initial Jobless Claims Plunge to 381,000
NEW YORK (TheStreet ) -- The number of Americans filing for first time unemployment benefits dropped last week according to a Labor Department report.
Initial jobless claims dropped by 23,000 to 381,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ended Dec. 3 from a revised 404,000 in the previous week. Economists had expected to see claims fall to 395,000 from the originally reported 402,000 the prior week.
The four-week moving average fell by 3,000 to 393,250 from the previous week's revised average of 396,250.
-- Written by Andrea Tse in New York.
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