U.S. jobless claims rise to 252,000 amid holiday volatility

U.S. JOBLESS claims increased 49,000 to 252,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
U.S. JOBLESS claims increased 49,000 to 252,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY
WASHINGTON – Applications for unemployment benefits increased more than expected to a two-year high amid seasonal volatility in an otherwise stable labor market. Jobless claims rose by 49,000 to 252,000 in the week ended Dec. 7, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The figure was just above the highest forecast in Bloomberg’s survey. The four-week average,…

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