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Unemployment claims fall to 49-year low under Trump

The number of people filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell in late August to the lowest level in nearly 50 years, the government reported Thursday.

The Labor Department said initial jobless claims dropped by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 203,00 for the week ending Sept. 1. That’s the lowest level since 1969.

The four-week moving average of claims, 209,500, also declined to a 49-year low. The unemployment rate in July was 3.9 percent; the figure for August comes out Friday.

President Trump reiterated his economic achievements Wednesday while defending himself from criticism by an anonymous senior administration official in a widely circulated opinion column in The New York Times.

“The unemployment picture in the country is the best it’s been in 49 years,” the president said. “Nobody has ever done, in less than a two-year period, what we’ve done. Nobody is going to come close to beating me in 2020 because of what we’ve done.”

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