Weekly U.S. jobless claims drop to 355K

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market.

**FILE** James Carter, 30, an unemployed teacher's aide from Largo, Md., gathers information from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center during the 2011 Career Fair at Prince George's Community College in Largo on Nov. 3, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

**FILE** James Carter, 30, an unemployed teacher's aide from Largo, Md., gathers information from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center during the 2011 Career Fair at Prince George's Community College in Largo on Nov. 3, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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