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More Americans Than Forecast File Claims for Jobless Benefits

More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, showing firings accelerated on signs the economy slowed.

Initial jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 484,000 in the week ended Aug. 7, the highest level since mid February, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The number of people receiving unemployment benefits dropped, while those getting supplemental benefits surged by 1.34 million reflecting the government’s extension of eligibility.