(Bloomberg) -- Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined to a five-week low, consistent with a resilient labor market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.
Highlights of Jobless Claims (Week ended Dec. 2)
Applications for jobless benefits below the 300,000 are considered consistent with a steady job market. Claims hovering near the lowest level in more than four decades also show employers are reluctant to reduce staff amid the current shortage of qualified workers.
A report Friday is projected to show payrolls increased by almost 200,000 in November, while the jobless rate held at an almost 17-year low of 4.1 percent.
- Unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.4 percent
- The Labor Department said jobless claims were estimated for the Virgin Islands as the territory continues to recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria months ago
- Claims-taking process in Puerto Rico has also still not returned to normal, Labor said
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