WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for state unemployment insurance dipped last week, but still hovered at a level suggesting that employers' demand for workers has eased.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that initial applications for jobless benefits edged down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 379,000 for the workweek ending March 17.
"Around their current range they (new claims) are consistent with positive, but sluggish job growth," said Merrill Lynch economist Karen Dexter.
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