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Unemployment claims decrease by 33,000

In the week ending Oct. 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment in the U.S. was 521,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 539,750, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised average.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent for the week ending Sept. 26, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

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