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U.S. Jobless Claims Rise, Still Distorted By Processing Backlog

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September 19, 2013 AT 5:29 AM
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week, but it was difficult to get a clear read on the labor market's health because two states appeared to be working through a backlog of unprocessed claims. The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 309,000.