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US unemployment aid requests near 3-month high

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal labor officials say the number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits remained near a three-month high last week, a sign that hiring has likely slowed since winter.

The Labor Department says weekly applications dipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000. That's little changed from the previous week's figure, which was the highest since January 7.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 381,750, also the highest in three months.

The increase follows a report earlier this month that showed hiring slowed in March.

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