NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02:  A notice in a store window announces a retail job opening  on October 2, 2014 in New York City. In a sign that the labor market continues to improve, new numbers released on Thursday show that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week. The Labor Department said on Thursday that claims for state unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Sept. 27.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)