U.S. jobless claims decrease to lowest level in 5 weeks

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS declined 9,000 to 214,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS declined 9,000 to 214,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
WASHINGTON – Filings for United States unemployment benefits fell to a five-week low, the latest indication that the labor market remains solid just ahead of the monthly payrolls report due Friday. Jobless claims dropped 9,000 to 214,000 in the week ended Jan. 4, according to Labor Department figures released Thursday that were below estimates in…

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