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U.S. Jobless Claims Increase to 380,000, Higher Than Forecast

Bloomberg (04/12/12) Timothy R. Homan; Alex Kowalski

More people than expected filed claims for jobless benefits last week, an indication job growth is slowing. Jobless claims rose 13,000 to 380,000, the highest since Jan. 28, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Claims from a week earlier were revised upward to 367,000 from 357,000.

Adecco Group North America said demand for employees is rising in some fields. “We do continue to see increases in the health care and manufacturing areas,” Janette Marx, an Adecco senior vice president, said in an interview last week. “Those areas definitely have been showing some nice increases.”