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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Increase

A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased in the week ended February 9th.

The report said initial jobless claims rose to 239,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level of 235,000.

Economists had expected jobless claims to drop to 225,000 from the 234,000 originally reported for the previous week.

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