Last week, the number of US citizens, who had applied for unemployment benefits for the first time, decreased by 3 thousand to the minimum value from November 1969 to 201 thousand, the country's Ministry of Labor reported. Experts had expected the figure at 208 thousand people. Over the past 4 weeks, the average number of applications was 205,750, having decreased by 2,250 and also updated the minimum since 1969. The number of Americans, who continue to receive unemployment benefits, for the week ending September 8, decreased by 55 thousand to 1 million 645 thousand people. This is the lowest value since 1973.