Jobless claims rise slightly to 254,000

From Market Watch: Applications for unemployment benefits rose 3,000 to 254,000 in late September, but the low level of initial claims points to a steadily improving labor market in which jobs are the easiest to find in years. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast claims to total 259,000 in the week stretching from Sept. 18 to Sept. 24.

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