U.S. jobless claims fall to 5 week-low despite shutdown

UNITED STATES jobless claims declined by 3,000 to 213,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
UNITED STATES jobless claims declined by 3,000 to 213,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to a five-week low, even amid a partial federal government shutdown. Jobless claims declined by 3,000 to 213,000 in the week ended Jan. 12, below economist forecasts, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, declined to 220,750. Key insights The…

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