U.S. jobless claims data points to firming labor market

October 22, 2015 1:05 PM

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U.S. jobless claims data points to firming labor market

WASHINGTON The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, remaining at levels consistent with a fairly healthy labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Oct. 17, the Labor Department said on Thursday. They remained not too far from levels last seen in late 1973.

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