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Jobless claims down by 9,000

Jobless claims down by 9,000
Job seekers look over their resumes as they wait for a recruiter at a job fair August 24, 2011 in Lombard, Illinois. The seasonably adjusted unemployment rate for Illinois is at 9.5 percent as jobs and job creation continue to be a hot political issue. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- First-time jobless benefit claims fell by 9,000 in the week ending Saturday with 423,000 claims filed, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.

The four-week rolling average for claims filed was 421,000, up 500 from the previous revised average, the department said.

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In August, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, unchanged from July.

In the week ending Sept. 10, Pennsylvania had the largest increase in first-time claims with 3,662. Texas had the largest decrease in claims for the week with 3,776 fewer claims filed.

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