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Jobless Claims Jump to 357,000

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to rise last week, climbing by 16,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending March 23, the number of people filing for benefits shot up to 357,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 341,000.

The four-week average also went up, increasing by 2,250 to 340,750.

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