U.S. jobless claims fall less than expected after shutdown ends

UNITED STATES jobless claims declined 19,000 to 234,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
UNITED STATES jobless claims declined 19,000 to 234,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits fell by less than expected last week, signaling it may take longer for the labor market to return to its previous trend following the partial government shutdown. Jobless claims declined to 234,000 in the week ended Feb. 2, above economist forecasts for 221,000 after the highest reading…
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