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California, government shutdown lift U.S. jobless claims to 6-month high

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits hit a six-month high last week amid a computer glitch in California, but the underlying trend pointed to a steadily improving labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 66,000 to a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the highest level since the end of March, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

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