U.S. jobless claims decline, approach an almost 45-year low

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS decreased by 9,000 to 221,000 last week. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS decreased by 9,000 to 221,000 last week. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - U.S. filings for unemployment benefits unexpectedly declined last week, hovering close to an almost 45-year low and signaling a tight job market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Highlights of jobless claims (Week ended Feb. 3) Jobless claims decreased by 9,000 to 221,000 (est. 232,000) Four-week average of initial claims, a less-volatile measure…
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