Previous : 384 Thousand
Forecast : 375 Thousand

Definition : Is and index reported on a weekly basis which track the change in the number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the previous week. Release usually every Thursday at 13:30 GMT and considered a gauge to the health of the labor market; yet mostly the four-week average is the figure looked at the most especially when projecting the renounced labor report in the US, the Nonfarm Payrolls.

Why is it useful?Occasionally moves market, timely. Considered a good gauge of the condition of the labor market and good indicator to the tone of the employment report.
the series are volatile and subject to revisions. The four-week average is used to gauge the underlying trend in claims.

The effect of the rising number is negative for both the dollar and the indices.