In the week ending Sept. 7, first time claims dropped by a dramatic 31,000 to 292,000, the bureau said..
The government, however, said a data delay contributed to the decline, MarketWatch reported, meaning the data is skewed by circumstance. In effect, the weekly report will have an asterisk next to it.
The current four-week moving average fell by 7,500 to 321,250, BLS reported.
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