Weekly Jobless Claims Edge Up; Still Point To Healing Labor Market

Reuters
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weekly jobless claims unemployment benefits hiring layoffs labor market

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose slightly last week but was near its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession, a hopeful sign for the U.S. economy.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week to 333,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.