WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits edged up last week but still hovered in a range suggesting that businesses are scrambling to find workers.
The Labor Department said today that 266,000 Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits for the week ending March 18, up by 4,000 from the previous week. That was the highest since March 4, when claims were at 281,000.
Economists consider claims below 300,000 an indication of a tight labor market, meaning employers are finding it difficult to find qualified workers.
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