Nightly News   |  August 01, 2013

Unemployment benefits claims drop, auto sales rise

Last week, there were 326,000 new claims for unemployment benefits, the fewest since January of 2008. In another positive bit of economic news, the Big Three auto makers reported their best sales since 2006. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>> while so many americans are still struggling to get back to where they were, there is some positive economic news to report tonight. new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 19,000 last week to 326,000. notable because it is the fewest since january of '08. unemployment rate for july comes out tomorrow. big three automakers reported their best sales numbers since 2006 . gm up more than 16% last month. ford and chrysler each gained over 11%. again, pickup truck sales are driving a lot of this. wall street liked the stats today. dow gained 128 closing at a new record. nasdaq up 49. s & p rose 21 closing above 1700 for its first time ever.