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Initial jobless claims drop by 29,000

  |   Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Labor Department Wednesday said first-time jobless benefits claims dropped by 29,000 in the week, reaching pre-Hurricane Sandy levels.

There were 343,000 first-time claims in the week, the lowest number since early October and close to a multiyear low.

The four-week rolling average for the week was 381,500, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week.

The unadjusted advance number of first-time unemployment benefits claims under state programs totaled 428,814 for the week, a decrease of 72,117 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.

There were 435,863 initial benefits claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department's Employment and Training Administration said.

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