Finally, some better news about the job market: the number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since early April.
There were 398,000 initial unemployment claims filed in the week ended July 23, the Labor Department said Thursday. That marks the first time since April 2, that the weekly initial claims number has fallen below 400,000, a level typically associated with payroll growth and a lower unemployment rate.
It also beats the 415,000 claims economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected, and was 24,000 lower than the previous week.
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