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Unemployment benefit applications rise to 309K

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 309,000. But the data was distorted for the second straight week by reporting delays. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell 7,000 to 314,750, the lowest in nearly six years. Applications plummeted two weeks ago when ...

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