The number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the week ended April 11 rose by 12,000 to 294,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It was the sixth week where jobless claims were below 300,000, and the total number of people currently receiving benefits was the lowest since 2000. The 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 280,000. The four-week moving average of new claims rose by 250 to 282,750.
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