Unemployment Rate

Jobless Claims Highest in Two Months

More than the forecast

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The number of Americans who filed applications for unemployment benefits last week rose to the highest in almost two months, highlighting the Federal Reserve's view the economy isn't expanding fast enough to drive bigger job gains.

Jobless claims increased 15,000 in the week ended Sept. 8 to 382,000, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 370,000 claims.

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