Weekly Jobless Claims Rise to Near 9-Month High

weekly jobless claims rise to near nine-month high
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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in nearly nine months, casting a shadow on the labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was the highest level since March and marked the second straight week that claims have risen.