WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.
The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.
There are 2.56 million people receiving benefits. That's the lowest total since October 2007, about two months before the recession began.