U.S. jobless claims edge up; trend signals firmer labor market

April 23, 2015 12:34 PM

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U.S. jobless claims edge up; trend signals firmer labor market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week for a third straight week, but the underlying trend continued to point to a solidly improving labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 295,000 for the week ended April 18, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were unrevised.

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