U.S. jobless claims fall to 49-year low despite federal shutdown

UNITED STATES jobless claims declined 13,000 to 199,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
UNITED STATES jobless claims declined 13,000 to 199,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since 1969, signaling the labor market remains tight despite the partial federal-government shutdown. Jobless claims declined 13,000 to 199,000 in the week ended Jan. 19, bucking economist forecasts for an increase, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. The four-week average, a…

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