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Jobless claims up by 4,000

April 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims rose by 4,000 to 352,000 in the week that ended last Saturday.

The department revised last week's estimate from 346,000 to 348,000.

The four-week rolling average for the week increased by 2,750 to 361,250.

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 6 were in New York with a gain of 20,120, North Carolina with a gain of 4,403 and Ohio, up by 3,029.

The largest decreases were in California, down by 12,893, Kentucky by 1,318 and Pennsylvania with 1,299 fewer claims.

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