Jobless Recovery

Jobless Claims Show Little Improvement

And the previous week's claims were revised upward

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The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits held near two-month highs last week, suggesting some weakening in labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

The prior week's figure was revised up to show 3,000 more applications than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 375,000 last week.