Jobless Claims Signal Firings in U.S. Remain Historically Low

August 4, 2016 12:46 PM

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The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose last week to a level that still underscores health in the labor market.

Jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 269,000 in the week ended July 30, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 265,000. Continuing claims decreased.

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