US weekly requests for jobless aid up 2,000 to 234,000
WASHINGTON- Slightly more Americans applied for jobless aid last week.
Despite the small increase, the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 234,000. The less volatile four-week average fell 2,750 to 237,750.
The increase in claims followed a large drop the previous week. Applications closely reflect layoffs. Jobless claims have come in below 300,000 for 129 weeks in a row. That's the longest such stretch since 1970, when the U.S. population was much smaller.
The unemployment rate has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. The government's jobs report for July showed that U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Baton Rouge police looking to crack down on street racing as parish...
OMV reinstatement nightmare follows woman for months; state expanding call center
Part-time police department employee among 12 arrested in massive Pointe Coupee drug...
Gunfire erupts at funeral for Baton Rouge shooting victim; one person hurt
Prosecutors reviewing DCFS failures as state investigates toddler's death, foster home abuse
Southern defensive lineman Jason Dumas comes back home to be closer to...
LSU wideout Brian Thomas trying to take the next step in year...
New Orleans Saints Jarvis Landry is proving he's still one of the...
Woodlawn's Rickie Collins commits to LSU
Scotlandville's Jamall Franklin commits to Houston