Weekly Jobless Claims Fall as Labor Market Improves

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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to steadily improving labor market conditions, despite two straight months of weak hiring.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Claims for the prior week were unrevised.