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The four-week moving average of first-time unemployment filings, which smooths out weekly volatility, fell slightly to 386,750, down 750 from a week earlier.
Gary Somers
Gary Somers • 2 years ago

FRIDAY, June 29, 2012 - Fewer Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week. The four-week moving average of first-time unemployment filings, which smooths out weekly volatility, fell slightly to 386,750, down 750 from a week earlier. But claims are still up sharply from March, when they briefly dropped below 365,000, suggesting the labor market has continued to weaken in June after showing signs of improvement earlier this year.

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