The number of US citizens, who had applied for unemployment benefits for the first time, over the past week decreased by 1 thousand to 204 thousand, which is the minimum since December 1969, the Ministry of Labor said. Analysts had predicted the figure at 210 thousand, waiting for its increase. The average number of applications for the last 4 weeks was 208 thousand, having decreased from 210 thousand and marking the minimum value for half a century. The number of Americans who continue to receive unemployment benefits, for the week ending September 1, fell by 15 thousand and amounted to 1 million 696 thousand people, while analysts had predicted the figure at the level of 1 million 707 thousand.
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