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Jobless claims flat at 218,000 in early June, labor market still going strong

June 6, 2019


The numbers: The number of people who applied for unemployments benefits in early June was flat, leaving new jobless claims near a post recession low and suggesting little deterioration in the strongest labor market in decades.

Initial jobless claims, a rough way to measure layoffs, was flat at 218,000, the government said Thursday. The prior week’s tally was revised up to 218,000 from 215,000, however.

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