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US Unemployment Claims Rise

Several economic studies published Wednesday paint a mixed picture of the U.S. economy.   The Labor Department says the number of people signing up for unemployment compensation rose in the United States last week.  Initial unemployment claims rose 17,000 to a nationwide total of 298,000.  While the number of layoffs rose from the prior week, the relatively low total number is still consistent with an improving job market. A separate report from the National Association...

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