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A job seeker, center, talks to an exhibitor at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in Denver April 9, 2013. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)

Jobless claims data points to pickup in job gains in August

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell as expected last week, suggesting a strengthening in job gains in August after a slight pullback the prior month.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 331,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

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