WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – U.S. jobless claims fell in the week to April 2 to 166,000 from a revised 171,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
Economists expected an average of 200,000 jobless claims.
Registrations for the week to March 26 have been revised down from an initial estimate of 202,000.
The four-week moving average stands at 170,000 against 178,000 (revised) the previous week.
The number of people regularly receiving benefits rose to 1.523 million during the week to March 26 (last week for which these figures are available) against 1.506 million the previous week.
(Report Lucia Mutikani; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Bertrand Boucey)