Last week, the number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits for the first time decreased by 3 thousand to 229 thousand people, according to a report by the US Department of Labor.
According to the updated data, a week earlier the number of appeals amounted to 232 thousand, not 229 thousand, as previously reported.

Analysts on average expected a decline to 216.5 thousand compared to the previously announced level of the previous week, according to the results of a Bloomberg survey.

A significant increase in the number of initial applications was recorded in the states of Florida and Georgia (more than 2 thousand), as well as in Pennsylvania and Missouri (more than 1 thousand).

The average number of applications in the US over the past 4 weeks, a less volatile indicator, increased to 218.5 thousand from the revised 215.75 thousand a week earlier.

The number of Americans continuing to receive unemployment benefits for the week ended June 4 increased by 3 thousand and amounted to 1.312 million against the revised 1.309 million the week before. Experts on average predicted a reduction to 1.304 million from the previously announced 1.306 million.

Data on the number of initial Jobless Claims are published weekly by the US Department of Labor. The indicator reflects the number of people who applied for benefits for the first time during the reporting week.