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Wednesday July 1st, 2015 3:18PM

Unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week.<br /> <br /> The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000.<br /> <br /> The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 3,000 to 309,000, the level since June 2007, about five months before the start of the Great Recession.<br /> <br /> Applications are a proxy for layoffs, a sign that they expect economic growth to continue. When businesses are confident enough to keep staff, they are also likely to hire more people.<br /> <br /> Hiring is at its healthiest clip since the late 1990s and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate is at a 5 1/2-year low. Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth straight month of job gains above 200,000.
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