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Latest US jobless claims and GDP data shows world's largest economy is still expanding.

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Economy thrives: US jobless claims drop, GDP soars.

According to the US Department of Labor's weekly report, there were 205,000 initial jobless claims filed for the week ending December 16. This figure was better than the market expectation of 215,000, indicating a slight improvement in the labor market. It is also an improvement from the previous week's revised figure of 203,000.

The stability or decline in jobless claims is seen as a positive indicator of economic growth and stability. A strong job market fuels consumer spending, which makes up a significant portion of GDP, thereby supporting overall economic expansion.

However, despite this relatively positive news, the overall state of the US economy remains uncertain. The latest GDP data released by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that the economy expanded by 4.9% in the third quarter, although this figure was slightly revised down from the previously reported 5.2%.

These mixed economic prints highlight the complex nature of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the US economy. While recovery efforts have been made, the rate of growth has slowed, indicating potential headwinds ahead.

Additionally, the number of Americans collecting jobless benefits remained little changed at 1.87 million for the week ending December 9. This suggests that a significant number of individuals are still struggling to find stable employment. While the recent jobless claims figures show some signs of improvement, it is clear that challenges persist.