Unemployment claims rose slightly last week

New claims for unemployment benefits in the United States rose last week but remained near historic lows as employers held back workers in a tight labor market.

Initial jobless claims, an indicator of layoffs, rose to 185,000 in the week ending April 9, from a revised 167,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. New applications had fallen to the lowest point since 1968 in early April.


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