Unemployment Benefits

A hiring sign is displayed at a restaurant in Morton Grove, Ill., Thursday, April 28. Labor Department released weekly report on unemployment benefits on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level since August but still remains low by historic standards.

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that 240,000 people applied for jobless aid last week, up by 17,000 from the week before. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, rose by 5,500 to 226,750.

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