Agence France-PresseApril 4, 2013 09:15
New claims for US unemployment benefits unexpectedly leaped in late March to their highest level since November, government data released Thursday showed.
Initial jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs in the US economy, totaled 385,000 in the week ending March 30, up 28,000 from the prior week's unrevised reading of 357,000, the Labor Department reported.
The four-week moving claims average rose by 11,250 to 354,250.
The third straight weekly increase was unexpected and brought claims to their highest level since late November.