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By Kevin Kastner, Holly Stokes and Sara Haire
WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are the key points from the weekly
unemployment insurance claims data for the November 4 week released by
the Labor Department Thursday:
- Initial jobless claims rose by 10,000 to 239,000, compared with
expectations for a 230,000 level.
- The four-week moving average fell 1,250 to 231,250, but would be
expected to rise next week. The average is the lowest since the March
31, 1973 week when it was 227,750.
- Unadjusted claims from Puerto Rico totalled 8,137 after last week
saw 6,124, as backlogged filings continued to pour in.
- Filings in Virgin Islands saw a rise to 199, with filings still
severely disrupted, the Labor Department said.
- Continuing claims rose 17,000 to 1.901 million in the October 28
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