U.S. Treasury yields were mildly higher on Thursday, reversing a decline on Wednesday that followed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell painting a gloomy picture on U.S. employment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. government bond yields slipped after Powell told the Economic Club of New York on Wednesday that the U.S. is "a long way" from where it needs to be in terms of employment.
He said monetary policy would need to remain "patiently accommodative" to deal with this issue.
Initial jobless claims for last week also came in worse than expected on Thursday. There were 793,000 first-time claims, while economists surveyed by Dow Jones were anticipating 760,000.
Auctions were held Thursday for $30 billion of 4-week bills, $35 billion of 8-week bills and $27 billion of 30-year bonds.
— CNBC's Jeff Cox contributed to this report.