Jobless claims fall to 4-week low in tight U.S. labor market

UNITED STATES jobless claims decreased by 17,000 to 216,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
UNITED STATES jobless claims decreased by 17,000 to 216,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - United States filings for unemployment benefits fell to a four-week low even amid a partial federal government shutdown, showing healthy demand for workers at the start of the year. Jobless claims decreased by 17,000 to 216,000 in the week ended Jan. 5, below the 226,000 median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of…

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