Applications for unemployment benefits in the United States fell more than forecast last week, Bloomberg reported.
Jobless claims fell by 42,000 to 346,000 in the week ended April 6, from a revised 388,000, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted a drop to 360,000.
The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, rose to 358,000 last week from 355,000.
In other economic news, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index registered a reading of minus 34 in the period ended April 7, compared with minus 34.1 the prior week. The comfort index ranges from 100, indicating every survey participant had a positive response to all survey components, to negative 100, indicating all views were negative.
Those earning more than $100,000 were the most optimistic since late 2010.