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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Edge Down To 223,000

A day ahead of the release of the more closely watched monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing a modest decrease in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended March 2nd.

The report said initial jobless claims edged down to 223,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 226,000. Economists had expected jobless claims to come in unchanged compared to the 225,000 originally reported for the previous week.

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