by Tim Pearce
The number of Americans claiming unemployment insurance fell unexpectedly last week after side effects from Hurricane Florence drove figures up.
The number of unemployment filings edged back toward the lowest rate in nearly five decades. The four-week moving average fell to the lowest rate since October 1973, according to data released by the Department of Labor Thursday.
Roughly 207,000 people filed for initial jobless claims. The amount fell 8,000 from the week prior and outpaced economists expectations that the number would continue to sit around 215,000, signaling a stronger labor market that can absorb new workers quickly, according to The Wall Street Journal.
North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky posted the largest unemployment numbers, likely due to Hurricane Florence. Many residents in the area may have not filed for benefits yet, which could lead to higher unemployment numbers in those states in the short-term.
The unemployment rate for August measured at 3.9 percent. Economists predict the rate will fall slightly to 3.8 percent in September. September’s initial jobs numbers will be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.
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