Decline in jobless claims to 293,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unemployment claims fell in the United States during the week to October 9, to 293,000 from 329,000 (revised) the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists expected an average of 319,000 jobless claims.

Registrations for the week to October 2 were revised up slightly from an initial estimate of 326,000.

The four-week moving average fell to 334,250 from 344,750 (revised) the week before.

The number of people receiving regular benefits fell to 2.593 million during the week to October 2 (last week for which these figures are available) against 2.727 million the previous week.

(Report Lucia Mutikani; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Marc Angrand)