Un­em­ploy­ment ap­pli­ca­tions up, but still low. More Amer­i­cans filed

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

for un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits last week. But claims are still at low lev­els that point to greater job se­cu­rity.

The La­bor De­part­ment said Thurs­day that ap­pli­ca­tions for job­less aid rose by 17,000 to a sea­son­ally ad­justed 268,000. The less-volatile four­week av­er­age ticked up 500 to 251,500. The over­all num­ber of peo­ple col­lect­ing un­em­ploy­ment checks was 2.08 mil­lion, down more than 5 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

Weekly claims are at his­tor­i­cally low lev­els that sug­gest a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment for job­seek­ers.

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