U.S. Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

By FeaturesDow Jones Newswires

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week.

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., increased by 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 233,000 in the week ended Jan. 20, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected 237,000 new claims last week.

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January 25, 2018 08:53 ET (13:53 GMT)