First-time claims for US unemployment benefits jumped in the first week of December from November's low numbers, official data released Thursday showed. New jobless claims rose to 368,000 in the week ending December 7 from the prior week's upwardly revised figure of 300,000, the Labor Department said. Adjusting the data for the Thanksgiving holiday is always problematic, however, and this jump will likely be reversed in subsequent weeks," said Marisa Di Natale of Moody's Analytics. The claims numbers, a sign of the pace of layoffs, came after the Labor Department on Friday reported the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 7.0 percent in November and the economy added 203,000 jobs, picking up from the two previous months.
WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — An Amtrak train is on its way to Boston again after it struck a vehicle in rural Virginia that police said attempted to drive around a crossing bar, destroying the car and injuring the driver.