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Weekly Jobless Numbers Fall To 684,000

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The nation’s unemployment lines are getting shorter. The Labor Department reports 684-thousand Americans filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week. That’s 97-thousand fewer than the previous week’s revised total.

The biggest jumps in claims were in Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, and Massachusetts. The sharpest declines were in Ohio, West Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and New York.

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