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Job seekers check out companies at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department reports on the number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose just 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 308,000, hovering near six-year lows. Companies are still cutting very few jobs, however the decline in layoffs has not been accompanied by a pickup in hiring.

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