Weekly Jobless Claims Fall; Labor Market Continues to Firm

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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to strengthening labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000 for the week ended June 14, the Labor Department said Thursday.