Weekly Jobless Claims Rise; 4-Week Average Lowest Since 2000

Unemployment Benefits
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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 remained consistent with a firming labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 for the week ended Oct. 18, the Labor Department said Thursday.