US Weekly Jobless Rise to 297,000

New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose last week to their highest rate since February, but remained at levels considered consistent with a firming labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000 for the week that ended July 4, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Thursday.

The previous week’s claims were revised to 282,000, showing that 1,000 more people filed than initially reported. Economists polled by Reuters had expected new applications to fall to 275,000 last week.

Thursday’s jobless claims report marks the 18th consecutive week of new filings below 300,000, which is seen as a sign that the labor market is improving.

A Labor Department analyst said there was nothing unusual in the latest claims report.

The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out week-to-week fluctuations and is therefore considered a better gauge of the labor market, rose 4,500 to 279,500 last week.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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