Erin Wilson, of Hannaford Bros. supermarket company, left, talks with a job seeker during a job fair Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

June 19 (Bloomberg) — Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of steady progress in the labor market.

Jobless claims fell 6,000 to 312,000 in the week ended June 14, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 313,000. The total number of people collecting benefits decreased to the lowest level in almost seven years.

 

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