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Filling out a job application. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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US jobless aid applications rose by 17,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

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People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

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Carmen Nazario of Albany, N.Y., fills out an employment application during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. in 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
Carmen Nazario of Albany, N.Y., fills out an employment application during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. in 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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US jobless aid applications rose to 311,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Rise

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose sharply last week but remained at a level consistent with moderate hiring.

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Unemployment Claims Drop

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell sharply last week as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring.

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Damage from Sandy in Lavallette (Borough of Lavallette)
Damage from Sandy in Lavallette (Borough of Lavallette)
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FEMA Spokesperson Gives Helpful Unemployment Advice for Sandy Victims [AUDIO]

Fema Spokesperson Darrell Habisch called in to Jim Gearhart's show this morning to give us an update on FEMA's efforts going on throughout the Garden State to assist Sandy victims.

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Lost Pay From Sandy? Here’s Some Info For You

If you lost pay as a direct result from Hurricane Sandy you may be eligible to apply for unemployment assistance.

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NJ Senators Looking at Unemployment Appeal Backlog

A state Senate committee plans to gather information about a backlog of unemployment insurance appeals claims in New Jersey.

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US Unemployment Claims Fell Last Week

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 382,000. The level suggests hiring remains weak.

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NJ Unemployment Applications Continue To Trend Downward

New data from the U.S. Labor Department indicates fewer Americans are applying for unemployment benefits.

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