Initial weekly jobless claims fell 16,000 to 269,000. The 4-week average fell 3,500 to 281,250. Continuing claims fell 21,000 to 2.249 million.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.3 points to 44.5 in the latest week.
The Fed’s balance sheet rose $2.8 billion last week, with total assets of $4.486 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $1.6 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 money supply fell by $-0.6 billion in the latest week.