This Week’s Top Economic Data Points: 6.1 Million Jobs Open In The United States
- According to the U.S. Labor Department, the number of individuals who filed for federal unemployment benefits for the first time increased to 239,000 during the week that ended Nov. 4 from 229,000 the week before. The four-week moving average of first-time claims fell, however, and was at its lowest level since March 1973. The number of individuals who continued to file for benefits increased to 1.901 million for the week that ended Oct. 28 from 1.884 million the week before. The four-week moving average of continuing claims declined and is now at its lowest level since January 1974. In other employment-related news: there were 6.1 million jobs open in the United States in September 2017.