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U.S. jobless-aid applications rise to 311,000

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 14, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.

WASHINGTON — More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels.

Weekly applications for unemployment aid climbed 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week's was revised up slightly to 290,000.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 2,000 to 295,750. That continues to be close to averages that predate the beginning of the past recession in late 2007.

Read Friday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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