U.S. applications for jobless benefits rise to highest level in two months, but layoffs remain low

A SIGN seeking truck drivers is displayed at a business in Gary, Ind. The Labor Department reported Thursday that filings for unemployment claims for the week ending March 30 climbed by 9,000 to 221,000 from the previous week's 212,000. / ASSOCIATED PRESS / NAM Y. HUH

The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits rose to their highest level in two months last week, but layoffs remain at historically low levels as the labor market continues to chug along despite elevated interest rates. The Labor Department reported Thursday that filings for unemployment claims for the week ending March 30 climbed by

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