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Pace Of Job Growth Slows Down, 7.8 Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged
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Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 282,000

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

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Applications for US jobless aid drop to very low 271,000

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy and are laying off few workers.

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, job hunters attend an employment fair sponsored by the New York State Department of Labor in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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Applications for US jobless benefits rose again last week

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying labor market weakness.

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US unemployment aid applications drop to 276,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that job cuts remain low as employers are confident enough in the business outlook to hold onto their staffs.

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US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.

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US jobless aid applications rise slightly

Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But even with the modest increase, the total number of people collecting jobless aid -- pulled down steadily for months -- fell to near 15-year lows.

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Applications for US unemployment aid plunge to 15-year low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

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Senators Strike Bipartisan Jobless Benefits Deal

Chalk up one partisan election-year battle that senators seem likely to resolve when they return from recess later this month — the fight over renewing expired benefits for the long-term unemployed.

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Senate Vote Advances Jobless Benefits Bill

Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt as President Obama offers his support for the extension.

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Hope for NJ’s Long-Term Unemployed [AUDIO]

Approximately 79,000 New Jersey residents who had been collecting long-term unemployment benefits have now been cut off, because the federal emergency jobless program has run out of money.

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