Unemployment Benefit Applications Jump To 399,000

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By Christopher S. Rugaber


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Applications for weekly unemployment benefits spiked last week, largely because companies let go of thousands of workers after the holiday season.

Weekly applications rose by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 399,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the highest level in six weeks.