US Jobless Benefit Claims Edge Higher

The number of Americans making new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, a new sign of the up-and-down nature of the economic recovery in the United States.  The government said Thursday 343,000 workers made their initial claims for unemployment compensation, up 7,000 from the week before. The claims serve as a measure of layoffs in the country, which is steadily, but slowly recovering from its steep economic downturn five years ago.  The U.S. labor market has been …

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