New Jobless Claims Jump

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – First-time jobless benefits claims increased by 16,000 to 360,000 in the week that ended last Saturday, according to data released this week by the U.S. Labor Department.

New Jersey saw the largest increase of initial claims for the week ending June 29, going up 6,068. Neighboring New York had an increase of 2,824, while Pennsylvania saw a decrease of 2,628.

Officials revised the prior week’s total of first time claims upwards from 343,000 to 344,000. The four-week rolling average went up 6,000 from the previous week, to a new total of 351,750.


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