Thursday, December 28, 2006

Forex News: 28.12.2006 U.S. weekly jobless claims rise to 317,000

The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for state unemployment benefits rose slightly in the latest week while continuing jobless claims climbed to their highest level in almost a year.

Initial jobless claims rose by 1,000 in the week ended Dec. 23 to 317,000, the Labor Department said in a report. But continuing claims, or people continuing to collect state unemployment benefits, rose by 16,000, to 2.53 million, in the week ended Dec. 16. It's the highest level since Jan. 28.

The four-week average of initial claims fell by 10,250 to 315,750. The four-week average of continuing claims rose to to 2.51 million.


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