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Job seekers fill out applications at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
(Bloomberg) — More Americans than forecast filed for unemployment benefits last week, a possible sign the pace of improvement in the labor market has cooled.

Jobless claims increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Nov. 22, the highest since early September, from 292,000 in the prior period, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. It would take several weeks of sustained elevated readings to confirm the labor market has taken a step back.

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