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More people applied for unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, evidence that the job market isn’t improving. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report ...

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Home building jumps in June after dismal spring

WASHINGTON — U.S. builders broke ground on more single-family homes and apartments in June, helping the battered construction industry gain a little life after a dismal spring. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders began work on a seasonally adjusted ...

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Fewer people sought unemployment aid last week

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, partly reversing a sharp jump in applications the previous week. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...

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