Americans filed fewer new claims for jobless benefits last week, data showed on Thursday, offering a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered labor market.

Applications for unemployment benefits slipped to 423,000 in the week ending September 17 from an upwardly revised 432,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected claims to fall to 420,000 last week.

(Reporting by Jason Lange; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)