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Economic Report: U.S. jobless claims rise after hitting 54-year low in prior week

The numbers: Initial jobless claims rose 18,000 to 185,000 in the week ended April 9, the Labor Department said Thursday.  Claims had matched a 54-year low in the prior week.

Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had estimated new claims would rise to 172,000.

Key details: The number of people already collecting economic benefits, known as continuing claims fell 48,000 to 1.48 million. These claims are reported with a one-week lag.

Big picture: Economists say that jobless claims are flattening out at a very low level.

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, a labor-market expert, said that by many metrics, the U.S. labor market is as tight right now since it has been in her lifetime.

Market reaction: Stocks
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SPX,
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were set to open mixed on Thursday.

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