Weekly Unemployment Claims (every Thursday)
The second release was last week’s unemployment figures that showed 212,000 new claims for unemployment benefits were filed last week. This was a decline from the previous week’s revised total of 214,000 initial filings and softer than the 217,000 that was forecasted. The lower reading is a sign that the employment sector strengthened last week when many had thought it weakened. That said, this is only a weekly report, so it has had little impact on today’s mortgage rates.