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U.S. jobless claims fell 13,000 last week
May 28, 2009 / 12:39 PM / 8 years ago

U.S. jobless claims fell 13,000 last week

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless pay dropped by 13,000 last week, the Labor Department reported on Thursday, but so-called continued claims hit a new record as the recession took a further toll on job prospects.

Initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 623,000 in the week ended May 23 from a revised 636,000 in the prior week. It was the second straight week in which initial claims fell.

Reporting by Glenn Somerville, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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