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U.S. Jobless Claims Rise By 3,000 To 213,000

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(Kitco News) -Labor Department data Thursday showed that initial weekly U.S. jobless claims rose by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 213,000 in the week to Saturday. This was in line with forecasts.

Consensus expectations compiled by various news organizations had called for initial claims to be around 212,000 to 214,000. The government left the prior week’s tally unrevised at the previously reported 210,000.

The four-week moving average for new claims – often viewed as a more reliable measure of the labor market since it smoothens out week-to-week volatility – was down by 1,500 claims to 212,250.

Continuing jobless claims, the number of people already receiving benefits and reported with a one-week delay, decreased by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 1,708,000 during the week ending Aug. 18, the government said.

Traders monitor jobs data closely to gauge how aggressively the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee alters monetary policy.

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