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Jobless claims are up throughout nation

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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits is showing an uptick. It jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 8,000 to its highest level in six weeks. A department spokesman says heavy snowstorms in the Northeast didn't affect the total.

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