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Jobless Claims Fall To 237,000

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 12,000 last week to 237,000, significantly below Wall Street’s forecast for 250,000 new claims. Jobless claims are a proxy for layoffs. Although the economy has slowed down in

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Jobless Claims Jump to 261,000, Highest Since 2021

The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly surged last week. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims rose last week by 28,000 to 261,000, the highest number of claims since October 2021. The prior week’s

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Jobless Claims Inch Up To 196,000

The number of people applying for jobless benefits in the U.S. inched up last week, the fourth consecutive week in which new claims have come in below 200,000. The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose to

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