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US Jobless Claims Rise Slightly

The number of Americans signing up for unemployment assistance rose slightly last week, but remains near a 14-year low. Thursday's report from the Labor Department says jobless claims rose by 12,000 to a nationwide total of 290,000. Economists watch unemployment compensation claims as a way to track job layoffs across the nation.  The number of such claims has now been below 300,000 for nine weeks.  Economists say that may be evidence of a strengthening job market as...

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