US Unemployment Claims Dip to Near Six-Year Low

The number of American workers making first-time claims for unemployment compensation has fallen to a near six-year low. 

The U.S. government said Thursday that 320,000 workers filed for jobless benefits last week, down 15,000 from the previous week. It was the lowest total since October 2007.

Unemployment compensation claims indicate that employers are laying off fewer workers. Hiring in the world’s largest economy has been sluggish, though, with an average of 192,000 jobs a month …

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