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U.S. unemployment-aid applications fall to 319,000

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 8, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving.

The drop follows two weeks of increases that reflected mostly temporary layoffs around Easter. The holiday can cause an uptick in layoffs of bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other school workers during spring break. Those earlier increases caused the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, to rise 4,500 to a seasonally adjusted 324,750.

With the impact of the holiday fading, applications are returning to pre-recession levels. The average fell in early April to 312,000, the fewest since October 2007. The recession officially began in December 2007.

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TheBatt says... May 8, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

"Improving"? The week before the numbers were way up. But because the number dropped a little for the week, everything is "all better".

Of course, these, like the other doctored unemployment statistics, completely ignore the millions who have run our of eligibility and/or have just given up.

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