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News Summary: US jobless aid claims jump last week

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CLAIMS RISE: The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the Labor Department said. Despite the rise, that level is consistent with modest job gains. DOWNWARD TREND: Applications have trended lower recently. The four-week average has declined 7.5 percent since mid-November and fell to a five-year low three weeks ago. GOOD,...