Jobless Claims Down 6,000

Claims hover near year’s highs, suggesting little improvement in jobs market.

The number of applications for unemployment benefits hovered last week near the highest level of the year, showing little improvement in the U.S. labor market.

Jobless claims decreased by 6,000 to 386,000 in the week ended June 23, in line with the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The prior week’s reading was revised up to 392,000 from 387,000, matching an April figure as the steepest of 2012.

Continuing Claims

Today’s report showed the number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 15,000 to 3.3 million in the week ended June 16.

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