New York (CNNMoney.com) - One day before the release of the June jobs report, a government report indicates the number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose last week.
There were 472,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended June 26, up 13,000 from an upwardly revised 459,000 in the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The number of claims was higher than expected. A consensus estimate of economists surveyed by Briefing.com expected 458,000 claims.
The number of people filing continuing claims jumped to 4,616,000 in the week ended June 19, the most recent data available. That was up 43,000 from the preceding week's upwardly revised 4,573,000 claims.
Friday the Labor Department releases the June jobs report, which could bring more bad economic news. Economists are predicting the economy lost 100,000 jobs in June. The unemployment rate, which now stands at 9.7 percent, is expected to rise a tenth of a percentage point.