(Undated) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits is on the rise. First-time claims increased for a third straight week last week. New claims for unemployment benefits inched up by three-thousand to 250-thousand to end 2017. But that likely does not suggest a material shift in labor market conditions as data for several states were estimated. Forecasters expected claims to drift down to 240-thousand in the latest week. They pointed out claims can be volatile around the holidays.
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