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Jobless claims rise to five-month high

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – – The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, hitting their highest level in five months, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 268,000 for the week ended Nov. 26, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Despite the increase, claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is associated with a healthy…

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Jobless claims rise to five-month high