1. UNEMPLOYMENT

    Jobless Claims Up 4,000


    FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, a job seeker talks to a recruiter at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out: Americans are on the move again after record numbers had stayed put, more young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or the job market, once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing. Not all is well. The jobless rate remains high at 8.1 percent. Home ownership dropped for a fifth straight year to 64.6 percent, the lowest in more than a decade, hurt by more stringent financing rules and a shift to renting. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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    The Labor Department reported on Thursday that 367,000 new jobless claims for the previous week, up 4,000 from earlier in the month. The four-week moving average for new claims stayed steady at 375,000. Economists’ expectation for this week's number was 370,000. Last year at this same time, the new claims number was 402,000 and the four-week moving average was 408,250. On Friday, the Labor Department will release its nonfarm-jobs report for September, which is expected to show.

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