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Surprise! Jobless claims jumped by 25,000 last week.

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(Read caption) Job seekers Stevens de la Pena, foreground left, and Eduardo Perez, foreground right, fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Jobless claims climbed unexpectedly last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

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Today’s jobless claims report showed a notable increase to initial unemployment claims and a decrease to insured unemployment claims as seasonally adjusted initial claims jumped above the 300K level.

Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment claims jumped 25,000 to 304,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “insured” claims declined by 51,000 to 2.354 million resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 1.8%.

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