The number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the week ended June 6 rose by 2,000 to 279,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Applications for benefits remained under 300,000 for a 14th consecutive week, a sign of labor market strength that will help fuel U.S. growth. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 275,000. The four-week average of new claims rose by 3,750 to 278,750.
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