Mortgage Rates Thursday, Aug. 3: Jobless Claims and Rates Move Lower

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Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans and 15-year fixed loans slipped again today, while 5/1 ARMs held steady, according to a NerdWallet survey of daily mortgage rates published by national lenders Thursday morning.

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported a reduction in the number of weekly jobless claims. There were 240,000 claims for the week ending July 29, a decrease of 5,000 claims from the week prior, it said. The four-week moving average fell to 241,750, which is 2,500 fewer claims from last week’s average. 

These figures point to a strong labor market, which may help keep the Federal Reserve on track to announce a reduction to its bond portfolio next month.

MORTGAGE RATES TODAY, THURsday, Aug. 3:

(Change from 8/2)
30-year fixed: 4.01% APR (-0.02)
15-year fixed: 3.43% APR (-0.01)
5/1 ARM: 3.87% APR (NC)


NerdWallet daily mortgage rates are an average of the published annual percentage rate with the lowest points for each loan term offered by a sampling of major national lenders. APR quotes reflect an interest rate plus points, fees and other expenses, providing the most accurate view of the costs a borrower might pay.

Emily Starbuck Crone is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: emily.crone@nerdwallet.com.