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Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Fall to Two-Month Low

Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the labor market is showing resilience.

Jobless claims in the week ended Nov. 23 declined 10,000 to 316,000, the fewest in two months, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 330,000. The data are difficult to adjust for seasonal variations around holidays, a Labor Department spokesman said as the report was released to the press.