Gov’t to report on jobless claims as layoffs rise (AP)

Peggy Hillman of National Career Fairs guides job seekers as they queue up for a job fair Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in Chicago. Mass layoffs sharply increased last year, and large job cuts are continuing in 2009, at a furious pace. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)AP – The government will provide a snapshot of the battered labor market Thursday when it reports how many people filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week.

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