Initial jobless claims rose 2.8% last week to 462,000, coming in well above most analysts' estimates.
The Labor Department
said the seasonally adjusted figure of initial claims for the week ended Oct. 9 increased by 13,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 449,000.
Analysts surveyed by Econoday were projecting claims to drop
by a few thousand to 443,000 with a range of estimates between 425,000 and 455,000. A Briefing.com survey
put the number of jobless claims at 450,000, and economists polled
by MarketWatch expected 444,000.
The four-week moving average rose for a the first time in almost two months to 459,000 claims from a revised average of 456,750, according to the Labor Department data.
The seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was once again 3.5%, down slightly from a revised 3.6%.
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