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Claims for US jobless aid suggest modest hiring

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remains at a level that suggests slow but steady improvement in the job market.

The Labor Department said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 8,000 to 360,750, the highest in six weeks. A spokesman said snowstorms in the Northeast did not affect the total.

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