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Fewer Americans filed initial unemployment claims last week. This morning’s report from the Labor Department shows 209-thousand workers filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week. That’s 13-thousand fewer than the previous week’s revised total. The experts were expecting today’s number to come in at right around 225-thousand. The biggest increases in claims were in New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Alabama, and Missouri.  The steepest declines were in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, and Maryland.