FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The amount of laid off workers who applied for unemployment benefits for the first time has grown larger than expected in the week of December the 15th.

The volume of initial jobless claims increased by 12 K to 346,000, from the previous week revised figure of 334,000. The four week average has increased by 4,250 to 343,000 from 338,750 unrevised average last week. This latest increase is well above the expectations, as market analysts had advanced a 2k increase on the week.

Continuing claims advanced by 12 k to 2,646,000 in December the 8th week, form revised 2,634,000 claims on the previous weeks.