US jobless claims near 6-year low

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The number of US workers filing for initial jobless benefits stayed near a six-year low last week, though continued reporting irregularities makes the data difficult to read. 

In the week ended Sept. 14, 309,000 workers filed unemployment claims, the Labor Department said Thursday. A department analyst said that figure represents a full week of data. However, claims for the prior week, which were revised to 294,000 from an initially reported 292,000, may still be low due to trouble with computer-system conversions in California and Nevada, the analyst said. Both states are still working through a backlog, he said. 

Outside of the anomaly in the Sept. 7 week, the Sept. 14 level is the lowest since 2007.