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Claims for jobless benefits touch 15-year lows

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Jobless claims increased by 3,000 to 265,000 in the week ended May 2, while the median forecast in a survey of economists was 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 279,500, the least since May 2000.

Washington

FEWER Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, dropping the average over the past month to the lowest in 15 years, indicating companies are holding on to workers.

Jobless claims increased by 3,000 to 265,000 in the week ended May 2

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