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U.S. weekly jobless claims rise slightly

March 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims rose 2,000 to 336,000 in the week that ended last Saturday.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell from a revised 334,000 from the previous week. Last week's number of claims had been reported at 332,000.

The four-week rolling average for the week dropped 7,500 to 339,750.

The largest increases in claims for the week that ended March 9 were in Georgia with a gain of 1,678, and Florida, which added 802. The largest decreases were in New York and California, with drops of 7,248 and 6,189, respectively.

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