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Unemployment aid applications fall to 339K

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There's a small bright spot in the economy.
     
Claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week.
     
About 339,000 people filed first time claims, down about 16,000.
     
First time unemployment claims are seen as a barometer of how strong or weak the job market is.
     
These latest figures show fewer employees are being laid off. However, that doesn't mean hiring is on the rise.
     
This month, about three million people claimed their unemployment benefits for at least the second time.

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