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US jobless claims jump to 374,000 due to backlog

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims and the partial government shutdown prompted ...

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Measure of US jobless claims falls to 6-year low

WASHINGTON — A measure of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits over the past month has fallen to its lowest level in almost six years, signaling fewer layoffs. The Labor Department said Thursday that the average number of people who ...

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Average for US jobless claims at fresh 5-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market. Weekly unemployment benefit ...

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US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4½ years

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop, if sustained, could signal a stronger job market. The Labor Department said Thursday ...

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