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U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise After Shutdown Ends

Inside A Shades Of Commerce Job Fair As Initial Jobless Claims Are Released
Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

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.