- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2003

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) — Claims for jobless benefits rose by 30,000 in the latest week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday.

For the week ended April 12, jobless claims rose to 442,000, the ninth consecutive week that the number of people filing for unemployment benefits remained above the critical 400,000-threshold.

The largest increases in claims were in Illinois, followed by Massachusetts and Alabama. The largest decreases were posted in Kentucky and Missouri.

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