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First-time jobless claims down 3,000 last week



In this file photo, job seekers use computers to search the Internet for jobs at the East Bay Career Center in Oakland, California.
In this file photo, job seekers use computers to search the Internet for jobs at the East Bay Career Center in Oakland, California.
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First-time claims for unemployment were down 3,000 last week as 382,000 filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending September 15, according to the Employment and Training Administration.

In a trend that has remained relatively flat for most of the summer, the administration reports, however that "the 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 375,750."

The top three largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 8 were in Louisiana (+6,678), Puerto Rico (+1,679), and Mississippi (+1,067). Meanwhile, the top three largest decreases were in California (-8,163), New York (-3,449), and Michigan.