US Initial Jobless Claims for December 5 came in gloomy as it rose to 474 thousand; worse than the forecasted reading of 455 thousand and the prior reading of 457 thousand, while the Continuing Claims for November 28 cheerfully plummeted to 5157,000, which is better than the predicted 5450,000 and the prior revised reading of 5460,000 from 5465,000.