Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, sending the average over the past month to an eight-year low.
Jobless claims decreased by 14,000 to 289,000 in the week ended Aug. 2 from 303,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The four-week average dropped to 293,500, the lowest since February 2006. Michael McKee reports on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)