Weekly jobless claims up slightly

Job hunters line up last week for a

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Job hunters line up last week for a career fair at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The U.S. Labor Department reported that weekly claims for unemployment benefits rose only slightly last week, keeping in place a trend that suggests a modest improvement in the labor market. (Sept. 28, 2012) (Credit: AP)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring.

Weekly applications increased last week by 4,000 from the previous week's level of 363,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week was revised higher from an initial reading of 359,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged...

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