Agence France-PresseJune 6, 2013 18:46
New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell last week but remained in the same range of recent months as the jobs market slowly improves, official data released Thursday showed.
Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, fell by 11,000 to 346,000 in the week ending June 1, the Labor Department said.
The reading for the week, which included the Memorial Day public holiday, was slightly below analyst estimates of 348,000.
The department revised the prior week's number higher to 357,000.