(RTTNews.com) - First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits edged slightly lower in the week ended December 22nd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.
The report said initial jobless claims slipped to 216,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level of 217,000.
Economists had expected jobless claims to inch up to 217,000 from the 214,000 originally reported for the previous week.
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