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Senators Reach Deal Extending Jobless Benefits

Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday.


Job seekers fill out applications as they wait in line to enter a job fair at a new Target retail store on Aug. 15, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

US Jobless Claims Jump To 374,000 Due To Backlog

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 companies to cut jobs.