First-time filings for unemployment benefits jumped last week, hitting the highest level in a month, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Initial claims for the week ended Sept. 18 on a seasonally adjusted basis totaled 351,000, an increase from the previous week’s upwardly revised 335,000 and well ahead of the 320,000 Dow Jones estimate. The total was the highest since the week of Aug. 21.

Markets reacted little to the news, with stock market futures pointing to a strong opening and government bond yields slightly higher on the session.
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