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Fewer Americans Than Forecast Filed Jobless Claims Last Week

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Fewer Americans Than Forecast Filed Jobless Claims

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Fewer Americans than forecast filed jobless claims last week, hovering around levels that are typically associated with an improving job market.

Applications for unemployment benefits increased by 11,000 to 278,000 in the week ended Jan. 31, from a revised 267,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a rise to 290,000.