New jobless claims unchanged last week (Reuters)

People seeking work register for the Employment Guide job fair in Westminster, Colorado February 18, 2009. Hundreds of unemployed came looking for a new job. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)Reuters – The number of U.S. workers continuing to claim jobless benefits jumped to a record high in the first week of February, the Labor Department data showed on Thursday, while new claims for unemployment insurance last week was unchanged at a very high level.

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