(Bloomberg) — Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of a healthy labor market.

Jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 263,000 in the week ended Aug. 27, a report from the Labor Department showed on Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 265,000. The four-week average dropped to a three-week low.

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