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** D.C. resident Tobie Miser joins unemployed workers and their supporters Oct. 11, 2011, for a prayer vigil in support of the upcoming Senate vote on the American Jobs Act in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

**FILE** D.C. resident Tobie Miser joins unemployed workers and their supporters Oct. 11, 2011, for a prayer vigil in support of the upcoming Senate vote on the American Jobs Act in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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