Unemployment Rate

US jobless claims rose slightly to 234,000 last week

Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remained at historically low levels.

THE NUMBERS: Applications for weekly unemployment aid rose 1,000 to 234,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, fell 5,750 to 235,250. That's the lowest level since April 14, 1973.

Applications are a close indication for layoffs. They have been below 300,000, a historically low figure, for 116 weeks. That's the longest such streak since 1970.

The number of people receiving aid fell to 1.8 million, compared with 2 million in the same week last year. The figure has fallen 11 percent in the past...