Wall Street Journal (06/21/12) Josh Mitchell; Andrew Ackerman
The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 387,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 389,000 from 386,000. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast 385,000 new jobless claims would be filed last week. The average of new claims over the past four weeks, meanwhile, climbed 3,500 to 386,250, marking the highest level in almost seven months.