WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing new claims for state unemployment insurance edged up last week, suggesting that the economy’s hunger for an increasing supply of new workers is easing.
The Labor Department reported Wednesday that new claims for jobless benefits rose by an unexpected 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000 for the week ending Nov. 18. That was the highest level since the beginning of the month.
"The numbers are in line with the fact that the economy is slowing somewhat," said economist Clifford Waldman of Waldman Associates.
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