U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly increase to seven-week high

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS increased by 11,000 to 234,000 last week. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS increased by 11,000 to 234,000 last week while continuing claims rose by 29,000 to 1.741 million. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose to a seven-week high while remaining consistent with a tight job market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Highlights of jobless claims (week ended May 19) Jobless claims increased by 11,000 to 234,000 (est. 220,000) Continuing claims rose by 29,000 to 1.741 million in week…

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