Last week, the number of US citizens, who had applied for unemployment insurance for the first time, fell by 6 thousand and amounted to 213 thousand people, according to the data of the US Department of Labor. Analysts did not expect the index to decline. They had predicted an increase in the number of applications to 220 thousand. The closeness of the index of applications to the minimum level since 1969 indicates the active growth of the US labor market. The average number of applications for the last four weeks decreased to 214 thousand 250 from 214 thousand 750. The number of Americans who continue to receive unemployment benefits, for the week ended July 28, increased by 29 thousand to 1 million 755 thousand people.