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ray | 14th Nov 2008, 08:31 AM | 股票諸事 | (142 Reads)
(11-13 22:46) 美國失業率七年來最高

The number of US workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week to 516,000, the highest level since the weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

The figure outstripped forecasts, with analysts polled by Reuters expecting initial claims to be only 484,000. The claims were last at this high a level in the week ended September 29, 2001, when they were 517,000.

A department official said there were no special factors contributing to the spike in claims, but noted that jobless claims often rise as the year winds down.

A four-week moving average of claims, which smoothes out weekly variations, was 491,000, the largest since March 1991. - REUTERS

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