Agence France-PresseJanuary 16, 2014 10:31
New claims for US unemployment insurance fell last week, according to government data released Thursday that pointed to the slowly recovering jobs market.
First-time jobless claims fell to 326,000 in the week ending January 11, from the prior week's downwardly revised figure of 328,000, the Labor Department said.
Last week's claims were well below the 333,000 average estimate.
Claims have been trending lower. The four-week moving claims average, which helps to smooth week-over-week volatility, fell by 13,500 to 335,000.
A year ago, claims stood at 373,000.