Weekly Jobless Claims Up, But 4-Week Average Hits 8-Year Low

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30 : Janice Ferebee, of D.C., center left
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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000 for the week ended July 26, the Labor Department said Thursday.