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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, a military veteran, at right, talks with a veterans outreach representative about employment opportunities, at a job fair for veterans, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, people at a job fair for veterans, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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Applications for US jobless benefits rise to still-low level

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the figure remained at a low level that suggests layoffs aren't widespread.

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Applications for US jobless aid stay near historic lows

The number of people seeking unemployment aid was unchanged last week, a sign that most businesses are reluctant to cut jobs.

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US jobless aid applications fell to 42-year low last month

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely rose last week and the average level of applications in the past month fell to a 42-year low.

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Applications for US jobless aid plunge

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped significantly last week, a sign of a strong job market despite evidence of tepid economic growth in the opening months of 2015.

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No Extension Yet for Jobless Benefits [AUDIO]

Nearly four months since a safety net disappeared for the long-term unemployed, millions of Americans continue to wait for a possible extension of the benefit by Congress.

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Senators Reach Deal Extending Jobless Benefits

A bipartisan group of senators says they have reached a compromise extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for five months.

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79K Lose Extended Jobless Benefits in NJ

New Jersey will be hard hit when federal emergency jobless benefits end this weekend nationwide.

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Unemployment Rates Drops To 7.4 Percent
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Jobless Claims Fall, But Hiring Lags

Americans who have a job may take comfort in knowing that companies are laying off fewer people than at any time since before the Great Recession.

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Democrats Want Jobless Benefits in “Fiscal Cliff” Deal

Millions of unemployed Americans have another reason to worry about "fiscal cliff" budget talks that seek to avoid looming tax increases and dire spending cuts come January.

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