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Jobless claims rise by larger-than-expected 20,000

February 21, 2013|By Andrew Tangel
  • Job seekers wait in line to see recruiters at a job fair in New York.
Job seekers wait in line to see recruiters at a job fair in New York. (Jin Lee / Bloomberg )

First-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.

The larger-than-expected increase followed a drop in claims the previous week, when 342,000 filed initial jobless claims.

The Labor Department's less volatile measure of jobless claims, a four-week moving average, was 360,750, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 352,750.

Investors will get a stronger read on the labor market on March 8, when the federal government releases its report on unemployment in February.

The U.S. unemployment rate in January was 7.9%

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