- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2009

The number of claims filed for unemployment insurance decreased by 14,000 in the week ending April 25, compared with the previous week, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday.

The number of claims was 631,000, which was 14,000 less than the 645,000 claims filed in the week ending April 18.

Still, the overall number of unemployed U.S. workers continues to increase — from 6.27 million in the week ending April 18, compared with 6.13 million the previous week.

The 133,000 increase sets a record for the 13th straight week.

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