La­bor mar­ket bell­wether

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - BUSINESS -

Ap­pli­ca­tions for un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits have been hov­er­ing below 300,000 for 86 straight weeks.

That’s the long­est such streak since 1970 and a sign that busi­nesses are hold­ing onto their work­ers. More re­cently, ap­pli­ca­tions for job­less aid slid to 258,000 two weeks ago. Did the trend con­tinue last week? Find out to­day, when the La­bor Depart­ment re­ports its lat­est tally of job­less aid ap­pli­ca­tions.

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