Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, But Backlog Distorts Data

Inside A Job Fair As Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall
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By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week, but it was difficult to get a clear read on the labor market's health because two states appeared to be working through a backlog of unprocessed claims.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 309,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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