Jobless claims up, but still encouraging

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:42am

Slightly more Americans filed for jobless benefits last week. The government reports about 308-thousand people filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week, that's up one-thousand from the week before.

The overall initial claims figure remains near its lowest level since 2007, an encouraging sign that layoffs are back to pre-recession levels.  The data does not yet include the impact of the government shutdown.

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