U.S. jobless claims rise but remain at low level

Washington • More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, yet total applications remained at a historically low level that suggests workers are enjoying solid job security. THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 244,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 243,000. The number of Americans seeking benefits dropped 49,000 to 1.98 million, the fewest since April 2000. That fi...

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