US unemployment benefit applications fall to 336K

2013-11-07T16:34:00Z 2013-11-07T18:00:07Z US unemployment benefit applications fall to 336KThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 07, 2013 4:34 pm  • 

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000 last week, bringing applications to pre-recession levels.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,250 to 348,250. The average was elevated by the 16-day partial government shutdown and backlogs in California that occurred because of computer upgrades. Weekly applications have fallen for four straight weeks.

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