US Jobless Claims Up, But Still Point to Labor Market Strength

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By Lucia Mutikani

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained at levels consistent with a strengthening labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000 for the week ended May 23, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.