Americans Filing For First-Time Unemployment Claims Down, Labor Dept Says

The number of Americans filing first-time unemployment claims is down.  

The Labor Department reported on Thursday morning that 204,000 workers filed initial jobless claims last week.  

That's a thousand fewer than the previous week's revised total. 

Economists were expecting that number to come in at right around 210,000.  

The steepest fall-offs in claims were in Michigan, New York, Florida, Texas, and Connecticut.


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