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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matt Ditarando, center, talks with Wal-Mart store manager Craig Edwards in Tampa. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Edmund D. Fountain)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop, if sustained, could signal a stronger job market.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000, a six-month low.

 

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