U.S. jobless claims up, four-week average lowest since 2000

August 13, 2015 12:35 PM

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U.S. jobless claims up, four-week average lowest since 2000

WASHINGTON, The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but the trend continued to point to a strengthening labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 for the week ended Aug. 8, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 fewer applications received than previously reported.

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