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The U.S. Labor Department released its jobless claims figures on Thursday. The number of initial jobless claims in the week ending September 05 in the U.S. declined by 6,000 to 275,000 from 281,000 in the previous week, in line with expectations. The previous week's figure was revised down from 282,000.
Jobless claims remained below 300,000 the 19th straight week. This threshold is associated with the strengthening of the labour market.
Continuing jobless claims increased by 1,000 to 2,260,000 in the week ended August 29.