U.S. Jobless Claims Rose Last Week
WASHINGTON—The number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits rose last week but remained near multidecade lows, offering fresh evidence of the labor market’s strength.
Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., increased by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 242,000 in the week ended March 31, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected 225,000 new claims last week.
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