The Labor Department says that weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 330,000. That's the lowest since January 2008.
The euro rose to $1.3367 in afternoon trading from $1.3321 late Wednesday.
The British pound fell to $1.5782 from $1.5843.
The dollar rose to 89.88 Japanese yen from 88.66 Japanese yen.
The dollar fell to 0.9288 Swiss franc from 0.9296 Swiss franc.