Weekly Jobless Claims Basically Unchanged

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Weekly jobless claims for the week ending Jan. 9 were little changed from the week before, the Department of Labor reported today, with claims rising by just 11,000. The four-week average was 440,750, inching ever closer to the milestone of under 400,000 claims.

Since the two weeks before this one were holiday weeks, one might have expected unemployment benefits claims to be up after the holidays.

The number of people claiming long-term extended benefits fell the week of Dec. 26 to 5,002,180, from 5,143,459.

Meanwhile, New York and North Carolina both saw big jumps in their state’s unemployment claims for the week ending Jan. 2.