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Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest in a month economic gains spurred employers to retain workers.

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in a Month

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest in a month economic gains spurred employers to retain workers.

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in a Month (Bloomberg)

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest in a month economic gains spurred employers to retain workers. Jobless claims declined by 15,000 to 330,000 in the period ended Jan. 4, the Labor Department reported today. The median forecast of 47 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected 335,000. The data can be volatile after the holidays as temporary workers are dismissed, a Labor Department spokesman said. Employers are probably becoming more confident that the economy will pick up as consumer spending improves and fiscal constaints loosen a bit after lawmakers recently agreed on ways to limit planned budget cuts for this year. A report tomorrow is projected to show that the employment gain for 2013 was the largest in eight years.

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Paul Dykewicz is the editorial director of the Financial Publications Group at Eagle Publishing Inc., www.eaglepub.com, of Washington, D.C. Eagle publishes five free, e-letters, 10 weekly trading services and five monthly investment newsletters, Forecasts & Strategies, Successful Investing, Cash Machine, Growth & Dividend Report and The Alpha Investor Letter. He also is the editor of Eagle Daily Investor and the author of the inspirational book, "Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame's Championship Chaplain."

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in a Month

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in a Month (Bloomberg)

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest in a month economic gains spurred employers to retain workers. Jobless claims declined by 15,000 to 330,000 in the period ended Jan. 4, the Labor Department reported today. The median forecast of 47 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected 335,000. The data can be volatile after the holidays as temporary workers are dismissed, a Labor Department spokesman said. Employers are probably becoming more confident that the economy will pick up as consumer spending improves and fiscal constaints loosen a bit after lawmakers recently agreed on ways to limit planned budget cuts for this year. A report tomorrow is projected to show that the employment gain for 2013 was the largest in eight years.

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