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Jobless Claims Rise to 372K Ahead of December Jobs Report

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims wrapped up the month of December increasing by 10,000 last week, according to the latest figures from the Labor Department.

The agency said on Thursday that for the week ending Dec. 29, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 372,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 362,000.

The four-week average also went up, climbing by 250 to 359,750.

On Friday, Americans will get to see how the jobs market fared in December when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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