U.S. jobless claims hit four-week high amid federal shutdown

UNITED STATES jobless claims increased to 231,000 last week, a four-week high. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
UNITED STATES jobless claims increased to 231,000 last week, a four-week high. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits rose to a four-week high at year’s end, amid holidays that tend to make the figures more volatile and a partial government shutdown that may have spurred federal workers to request funds. Jobless claims increased to 231,000 in the week ended Dec. 29, above the 220,000…

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