Jobless Claims in U.S. Increased to 339,000 Last Week

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More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefitslast week, underscoring the uneven progress in the labor market.

Jobless claims increased by 8,000 to 339,000 in the week ended Feb. 8 from 331,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today inWashington. The median forecast of 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a decrease to 330,000.