The Labor Department said jobless claims dipped by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000 in the week. The previous week's claims total was revised upward to 396,000 from the initially reported 390,000.
The four-week moving average of claims, considered by some to be a more reliable indicator of trends in the report, also fell to 396,750 in the Nov. 9 week from a revised 403,250 the prior week, bringing it to its lowest level since the Aug. 24 week.
The drop in the four-week moving average broke a 10-week run above the 400,000 watermark, a level economists view as an indication of a lackluster labor market.
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