According to the US Labor Department, the initial jobless claims fell by 8 thousand - up to 276 thousand last week. Last week there were 284 thousand jobless claims submitted, still not 282 thousand as was previously reported. Analysts expected the number to decline, on average, by 4 thousand from the previously mentioned level - up to 278 thousand.
According to the Ministry of Labor report the March employment increased by 126,000 jobs, followed by a revised downward growth of 264,000 in February. Economists had expected the number to grow by about 245,000 compared with the addition of 295,000, which was originally projected for the previous month.