WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose for the second straight week, a sign the hiring market is recovering at a slow and uneven pace.
The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 402,000. Applications had been below 400,000 for three straight weeks.
The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up to 395,750. The average fell to a seven-month low two weeks ago. Weekly applications had been declining for two months.