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U.S. Jobless Claims Show Scant Improvement at 840,000 Last Week

  • Continuing claims fall by 1 million, bigger drop than forecast
  • Report again comes with major caveat on California numbers
Workers assist diners at a restaurant in New York.

Workers assist diners at a restaurant in New York.

Photographer: David Dee Delgado/Bloomberg
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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell for a second week while remaining elevated, as the labor market makes scant progress amid risks of further weakness without additional federal stimulus.

Initial jobless claims in regular state programs decreased by 9,000 to 840,000 in the week ended Oct. 3, with the prior week’s figure revised higher by 12,000, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Continuing claims, the total number of Americans on state benefit rolls, fell to 11 million in the week ended Sept. 26, a bigger-than-expected drop.