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updated: 10/3/2013 9:03 AM

Weekly U.S. jobless aid applications tick up to 308,000

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Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose just 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 308,000, hovering near six-year lows. Companies are still cutting very few jobs, however the decline in layoffs has not been accompanied by a pickup in hiring.

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