Fewer Americans applied for jobless benefits last week 

THE NUMBER OF Americans applying for jobless aid ticked up slightly last week but the total number of Americans collecting benefits remained at its lowest level in more than five decades. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 1,000 to 203,000 for the week ending May 7, the Labor Department reported Thursday. / NAM Y. HUH / ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week with the number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits already near five-decade lows.  Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 210,000 for the week ending May 21, the Labor Department reported Thursday. First-time applications are generally representative of the number of layoffs.  The four-week…

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