The number of Americans filing for unemployment pushed up last week, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a tight labour market.
First claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 244,000 for the week ending 24. In June, the labor Department said on Thursday.
Economists by Reuters, respondents were first forecast-time applications for jobless claims to decline to 240,000 in the last week.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits for the previous week were revised to 242,000 from 241,000. It is the 121st consecutive week that claims were below 300,000 the threshold, associated with a strong labour market.
The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it fell irons out week-to-week volatility, 2,750 to 242,250 last week.
The unemployment rate in may fell to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. A labor Department official said there were no special factors influencing the claims data. Only claims for Louisiana were estimated.
On Thursday claims report, the number of people still receive benefits, which increased after an initial week of aid from 6,000 to 1.95 million in the week ended. June 17.
The so-called continuing claims have now been below 2 million, for 11 weeks, indicating declining to streamline labour market.