US unemployment aid applications up by only 2,000
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring.
Unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. The less volatile four-week average fell by 5,500 to 363,750. That was the lowest level since late March.
Applications have trended lower in the past two months, indicating companies are laying off fewer workers and hiring is picking up. When applications fall consistently below 375,000, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.
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