Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to Near Pre-Recession Levels

Reuters
Decrease In Unemployment Claims Shows Economy Continuing To Improve
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By Jason Lange

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession, a sign of growing steam in the U.S. labor market recovery.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Oct. 4, the Labor Department said Thursday.