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U.S. weekly jobless claims rise slightly

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims rose 2,000 to 336,000 in the week that ended last Saturday.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell from a revised 334,000 from the previous week. Last week’s number of claims had been reported at 332,000.

The four-week rolling average for the week dropped 7,500 to 339,750.

The largest increases in claims for the week that ended March 9 were in Georgia with a gain of 1,678, and Florida, which added 802. The largest decreases were in New York and California, with drops of 7,248 and 6,189, respectively.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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