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Jobless-aid claims rise, but 4-week average falls (10:10 a.m. 12/17/09)

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week as the recovery of the nation's battered labor market proceeds in fits and starts. But the four-week average for jobless claims, which smooths out fluctuations, fell. That was an encouraging sign that the labor market ...

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