​New jobless claims jump in latest weekly report

December 31, 2015 2:02 PM

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WASHINGTON - More Americans requested unemployment benefits last week, but the level remains near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.

Applications for jobless aid jumped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less volatile four-week average climbed 4,500 to 277,000.

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