Unemployment Aid Applications Up 2nd Straight Week

unemployment applications rising
unemployment applications rising

By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose for the second straight week, a sign the hiring market is recovering at a slow and uneven pace.

Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 402,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications had been below 400,000 for three straight weeks.