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U.S. unemployment claims jump

In the week ending Feb. 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 473,000, an increase of 31,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 467,500, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Feb. 6, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 6 was 4.563 million, unchanged from the preceding week’s revised level. The four-week moving average was approximately 4.586 million, a decrease of 24,000 from the preceding week’s revised average.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.24 million.

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