By Ben Leubsdorf

WASHINGTON--The U.S. government on Thursday will release economic data live on agency websites due to ongoing preparations for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

The Labor Department's weekly report on jobless claims and the Commerce Department's December report on housing starts and permits will be released on the agencies' websites at 8:30 a.m.

Typically for these and other reports, the government shares the data with media organizations, including Dow Jones Newswires, shortly before the public release. These closed briefings, called lockups, allow reporters to prepare headlines and stories to be released concurrently with the public disclosure of the data.

The lockups for Thursday would have taken place at theLabor Department near the U.S. Capitol, where Mr. Trump will take the oath of office Friday amid high security. The agency on Tuesday cited "anticipated significant disruptions and commuting difficulties" in its decision.

As a result, there could be a small delay in reporting the economic data.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 17, 2017 17:26 ET (22:26 GMT)

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