U.S. jobless claims decline to four-week low following shutdown

UNITED STATES jobless claims declined to 216,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
UNITED STATES jobless claims declined to 216,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits fell by more than expected to a four-week low, a sign the labor market is regaining its footing following the longest-ever government shutdown. Jobless claims declined to 216,000 in the week ended Feb. 16, below forecasts for 228,000, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. The four-week average, a…

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