US jobless claims for the week that ended Saturday totaled 1.43 million, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was slightly higher than the consensus economist estimate of 1.35 million.
Thursday's report marked the 13th straight week of declining claims. It also brought total filings over a 15-week period to nearly 49 million.
Continuing claims, the aggregate total of people receiving unemployment benefits, totaled 19.3 million for the week that ended June 20.
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