The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, suggesting a moderation in job growth in August was an aberration.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 275,000 for the week ended Sept. 5, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the 27th straight week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is usually associated with a strengthening labor market.
Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 fewer applications received than previously reported. Economists had forecast claims falling to 275,000 last week.
A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the data and only claims for Hawaii had been estimated.