According to the US Department of Labor (DoL), the claims figure for the week ending November 22 came in at 351,000, down from a revised 362,000. That follows a 15,000-claims drop for the week ending November 15 (See Jobless Claims Head South Again ).
The closely watched four-week moving claims average was also down for the November 22 week. The average dropped by 10,000 to 358,750 from a revised 368,750.
Finally, the number of Americans forced to cling to the jobless rolls because of difficulties in finding work also dropped – going down 105,000 for the week ending November 15 to 3.36 million, down from 3.44 million.
The DoL released the jobless numbers a day early because of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.