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U.S. Claims for Jobless Benefits Fall to Lowest Since April

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The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits declined last week to the lowest level since mid-April, adding to evidence that the nation’s jobs engine continues to motor ahead.

Jobless claims dropped by 15,000 to 202,000 in the week ended Feb. 1, according to Labor Department figures released Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 215,000. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, decreased to 211,750.