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More Americans Than Forecast File for State Jobless Benefits

  • Initial state claims of 751,000 include big rise in Illinois
  • Continuing claims fall, though more shift to emergency program
A worker uses a mig welder at a coal stove manufacturing facility in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
A worker uses a mig welder at a coal stove manufacturing facility in Berwick, Pennsylvania.Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg
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More Americans than expected filed for state unemployment benefits last week, underscoring churn in a labor market that continues to recover only gradually.

Initial jobless claims in regular state programs totaled 751,000 in the week ended Oct. 31, down from an upwardly revised 758,000 in the prior week, Labor Department data showed Thursday. On an unadjusted basis, the number of applications was little changed.