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Jobless claims’ rise laid on Sandy

October’s falling gas prices yielded a flat inflation rate of 0.1%

Posted: November 16, 2012 at 2:25 a.m.

A worker cleans out a walk-in refrigerator at the West Side Wine & Liquor store in Hoboken, N.J., last week. The Labor Department said superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up last week.

Hurricane Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months.

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Business, Pages 27 on 11/16/2012

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