By Sarah Chaney Cambon

U.S. applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since the spring as many employers hesitate to lay off workers despite a slowing economy.

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, decreased to a seasonally adjusted 193,000 last week from a revised 209,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The total was the lowest since late April and below the prepandemic average of 218,000 in 2019, when the labor market also was tight.

The four-week moving average, which smooths out weekly volatility, fell by 8,750 to 207,000.

Continuing claims, a proxy for the number of people receiving ongoing unemployment benefits, decreased to 1.35 million in the week ended Sept. 17 from 1.38 million a week earlier. Continuing claims are reported with a one-week lag.

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September 29, 2022 09:01 ET (13:01 GMT)

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