(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims jumped last week, rising by 20,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.
For the week ending Feb. 16, the number of people filing for benefits shot up to 362,000. The previous week, claims stood at 342,000.
The four-week average also rose, increasing by 8,000 to 360,750.
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