Previous : 371 Thousand
Forecast : 370 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.