Jobless claims in U.S. decline for first time in three weeks

WASHINGTON - Filings for U.S. jobless benefits fell for the first time in three weeks, staying near a four-decade low as employers remain unwilling to part with workers. Jobless claims declined by 3,000 to 258,000 in the week ended Oct. 22, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg…

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