U.S. jobless claims tick up but remain at low level

Washington • More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remained at a low level that suggests most workers enjoy job security. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly jobless claims rose by 14,000 to 257,000, the highest level in almost a month. The less volatile four-week average slipped by 500 to 242,250, lowest since late February. Overall, 1.99 million Americans are collecting unemployment benefits, down more than 7 percent from a year ago. THE TAKEAWAY:...

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