Bloomberg (10/05/12) Alex Kowalski
The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ended Sept. 29, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Economists forecasted 370,000 claims, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The prior week’s reading was the lowest in two months. Initial claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 363,000 from an original reading of 359,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level. The average of new claims over the past month, meanwhile, was unchanged at 375,000.