Jobless claims held steady, signaling solid U.S. labor market

JOBLESS CLAIMS HELD STEADY at 245,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - The number of people filing for U.S. unemployment benefits held steady last week, in part reflecting estimated data for 13 states and still consistent with a strong job market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Highlights of jobless claims (Week ended Dec. 23) Jobless claims were unchanged at 245,000 from prior week (est. 240,000) Continuing claims…

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