US initial jobless claims dropped -3k to 223k in the week ending March 12, slightly below expectation of 225k. The four-week moving average of initial claims dropped -3k to 226.25k. Continuing claims dropped 50k to 1.755M in the week ending February 23. Four-week moving average of continuing claims rose 4.75k to 1.767M.
Also release, US non-farm productivity was finalized at 1.9% in Q4, unit labor cost at 2.0%. Canada building permits dropped -5.5% mom in January.