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US jobless claims jump to 374,000 due to backlog

US jobless claims jump to 374,000 due to backlog

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Oct 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims and the partial government shutdown prompted some contractors to cut jobs.
   
The sharp rise comes after the average fell to a 6 ½-year low last week. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average rose 20,000 to 325,000.
   
A government spokesman said about half the weekly increase occurred in California, where official processed applications that were delayed several weeks ago by a computer upgrade. One-quarter of the increase reflected applications from employees at government contractors.
   
Federal workers temporarily laid off by the shutdown may also file for benefits. But those figures won't be published until next week.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.