- The number of first applications for unemployment benefit in the United States dropped lower last week than one year previously.
The US Department of Labor counted 239,000 applications, against 252,000 a week earlier.
The decline is not entirely a surprise. Economists assumed on average that 240,000 Americans without a job would turn to the government for support.
In addition, the orders for durable goods in the United States fell by 1.2 percent in October compared to September. This was reported by the US Department of Commerce on the basis of a provisional figure.
The purchase comes as a surprise. Economists assumed an average of 0.3 percent for orders for goods that last longer than three years. In September, orders increased by 2.2 percent.