U.S. Labor Market Holds Firm Even as Jobless Claims Gain: Chart

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose for a second straight week, climbing by 3,000 to 269,000 in the period ended July 30, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday. Still, a decrease in continuing claims and a limited number of layoffs suggest that the U.S. labor market remains healthy. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for filings to decrease to 265,000.

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