Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell last week to a fresh pandemic low amid a recovering economy.
Initial unemployment claims in regular state programs fell 14,000 to 340,000 in the week ended Aug. 28, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a slight decrease to 345,000 new applications.
Continuing claims for state benefits fell to 2.7 million in the week ended Aug. 21.
The S&P 500 traded higher after the data was released, while Treasuries were little changed.
Initial claims have been drifting lower for months, thanks to the ...