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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 10: A Now Hiring sign is seen as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payrolls increased by 235,000 in February and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in the first full month of President Donald Trump's term on March 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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.