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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Rose Last Week to 278,000

A job seeker fills out an application form during a United States Postal Service (USPS) recruitment event in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. The U.S. Department of Labor is scheduled to release initial jobless claims figures on December 10.
Photographer: Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg
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The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to a level that’s consistent with steady improvement in the labor market.

While jobless claims unexpectedly climbed by 6,000 to 278,000 in the week ended Feb. 27, the four-week average dropped to the lowest level since the end of November, Labor Department figures showed on Thursday.