The number of US citizens, who had applied for unemployment benefits for the first time, fell by 3 thousand to 218 thousand last week, the country's Ministry of Labor reported. Experts had predicted a decrease to 220 thousand. The value of the indicator, which is lower than 300 thousand, indicates the active growth of the US labor market. The average number of applications for the last 4 weeks decreased to 221 thousand from 225 thousand. The number of Americans, who continue to receive unemployment benefits, for the week ended June 9, increased by 22 thousand to 1 million 723 thousand people, while analysts had expected the figure at 1 million 710 thousand people.