Jobless claims in U.S. unexpectedly increased last week

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS IN THE U.S. unexpectedly rose by 4,000 last week, a sign improvement in the labor market remains uneven.  / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS IN THE U.S. unexpectedly rose by 4,000 last week, a sign improvement in the labor market remains uneven. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
WASHINGTON - More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign improvement in the labor market remains uneven. Jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 371,000 in the week ended Jan. 5, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 48 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop…

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