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Unemployment claims fall slightly

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, September 20, 2012 13:13 EDT
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Job seekers line up to attend a career fair on August 15 in New York City. More Americans filed claims for unemployment insurance last week, the second straight weekly rise amid a slow recovery in the jobs market, official data showed. (AFP Photo/John Moore)
 
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New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell slightly last week, government data released Thursday showed, in a report highlighting little change in the troubled jobs market.

Initial jobless claims fell to 382,000 in the week ended September 15, dropping 3,000 from the prior week’s upwardly revised number, the Labor Department said.

The four-week moving average rose by 2,000 to 377,750 claims.

Jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, have moved in a tight range during recent months.

The weak economy added a meager 96,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent due to people dropping out of the work force.

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