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Job seekers line up to register to attend a job fair held in Atlanta, Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/John Amis)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000 last week, evidence that the job market is still improving modestly, despite signs of slower growth.

The four-week average, a less volatile figure, declined 2,750 to 345,750, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s near the five-year low of 338,000 that the average touched last month.

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