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US jobless claims soar after Superstorm Sandy

Published on Nov 15, 2012 9:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US weekly jobless claims jumped by 78,000 in one week in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which both interrupted reporting and forced people out of work in the northeast, Labor Department data showed on Thursday.

New claims for unemployment insurance, a signal of the pace of layoffs, rose to 439,000 in the week to Nov 10 from the previous week's figure of 361,000.