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Economic Report: U.S. jobless claims drop to lowest level in five months


The numbers: Initial jobless claims fell by 16,000 to 193,000 in the week ended September 24, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.  

That’s the lowest level of claims since late April.

Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had estimated new claims would rise 2,000 from last week’s initial estimate of 213,000.

Key details: The number of people already collecting jobless benefits fell by 29,000 to 1.35 million. 

Big picture: Federal Reserve interest rate hikes are not yet cooling the economy. In fact, there are more stories in the media about worker shortages than layoffs. 

For instance, the U.S. Education Department said that teacher shortages across the country are worse than feared.

Market reaction: U.S. stocks


were set to open lower on Thursday. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note

rebounded to 3.8% after slumping in the prior trading session on the Bank of England’s move to support the UK bond market.

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