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US Layoffs Rise, Though Job Market Remains Healthy

The number of layoffs rose in the United States last week, but the job losses are still low enough to show a healthy job market. Thursday's report from the Labor Department shows the number of Americans applying for unemployment compensation rose 7,000 to a nationwide total of 320,000. Some analysts say an unusual amount of snow and other foul winter weather may have boosted layoffs. On Friday, government experts are set to publish the current unemployment rate. Economists...

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