Bloomberg by the Numbers: 339,000

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Job seekers talk with recruiters in San Francisco on April 24, 2013

That’s how many people applied for unemployment benefits in the week ended Dec. 28, according to the Labor Department.

That’s the lowest level in a month, below the median forecast of 344,000 in a Bloomberg survey of economists and down from 341,000 in the previous week, as Bloomberg’s Michelle Jamrisko reported.

There are about 1.39 million Americans receiving extended federal unemployment benefits. Those benefits lapsed Dec. 28.

Sens. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, are promoting a bill to extend jobless benefits by three months. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation Jan. 6.


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