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Gold prices are falling for the fourth time in five sessions because of the dollar after data on unemployment and activity in the U.S. service sector .
According to recent reports, which were submitted to the Department of Labor , at the end of last week, the number of those who applied for a first time unemployment benefits fell moderately , reaching with levels seen before the recession .
The report showed that for the week ended Aug. 31 , the number of initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted at 9000 , down to the level of 323 thousand Many economists predicted that this figure will drop to 330 thousand from 332 thousand , of which initially reported last week. We add that the number of complaints varies near five-year low since the end of July.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the average number of claims for the past four weeks was 328.5 thousand, which is 3,000 less than was recorded in the previous week. Note that the latter figure was the lowest since October 2007 , which was several months before the start of the last recession .
Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector in the U.S. rose in August, the growth continues the 44th month in a row - according to national survey of managers conducted by ISM. The index of non-manufacturing sector rose to 56.0 % in July to 58.6 % in August. This shows that the growth in the non-manufacturing sector accelerated. The August with the maximum value of the index in January 2008
The cost of the October gold futures on COMEX today dropped to $ 1364.50 per ounce.
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