Initial unemployment claims approach 5-year low

04/26/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

First-time jobless claims in the U.S. declined to 339,000 last week, close to a five-year low, the Labor Department says. Economists had expected a total of 351,000. The four-week rolling average, seen as a better indicator of labor-market conditions, reached 357,500, compared with the previous week's 362,000.

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