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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that a recent string of strong job gains may continue.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring.
Steady economic growth and consumer spending likely led U.S. employers to hire at a healthy pace in January and extend last year's solid job gains.
More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth.
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