U.S. applications for jobless benefits rise less than forecast

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS increased 6,000 to 211,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS increased 6,000 to 211,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
WASHINGTON – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose less than forecast, marking the first increase in six weeks and adding to signs of a labor market strong enough to sustain consumers and drive the expansion. Jobless claims climbed by 6,000 to 211,000 in the week ended Jan. 18, according to Labor Department…

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