Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits
unexpectedly rose last week and remain elevated compared with
recent trends, a sign of possible residual effects of the
partial government shutdown.
Jobless claims increased to 239,000 in the week ended Feb. 9,
above all economists' estimates, Labor Department figures showed
Thursday. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure,
increased to 231,750, the highest in a year.