The number of Americans filing for their first week of unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly six months, possibly signaling slight improvement in the job market.
There were 391,000 initial unemployment claims filed in the week ended Sept. 24, the Labor Department said Thursday, down 37,000 from the prior week's revised 428,000.
The drop was much better than expected, as economists forecast initial claims to fall to 419,000, according to Briefing.com.
New claims for unemployment benefits have stuck around or above 400,000 since early April, a level economists often say is too high to signal the unemployment rate will come down anytime soon.
The recent drop to 391,000 maked the lowest level since the week of April 2, when 385,000 new claims came in.
For the country overall, the unemployment rate is still at 9.1%READ FULL CNNMONEY.COM STORY