Jobless claims fall, beating forecasts

341,000 applications filed in sign of gradual labor recovery

Posted: February 15, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

A job seeker completes an application form last month at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. Last week, unemployment claims decreased by 27,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating an improving outlook for the labor market, economists said.

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Business, Pages 27 on 02/15/2013