Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the improvement in labor-market conditions may be stalling.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose by 26,000 in the week ended April 7 to 3.3 million.

The continuing claims figure does not include the number of Americans receiving extended benefits under federal programs.

Those who’ve used up their traditional benefits and are now collecting emergency and extended payments decreased by about 20,000 to 3.2 million in the week ended March 31.

Fifty states and territories reported an increase in claims.

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