Job market hiccups as more file for unemployment

There was an unexpected bump in unemployment filings last week after months of steady declines, the U.S. Labor Department says. Applications for unemployment jumped to

HAUPPAGUE - There was an unexpected bump in unemployment filings last week after months of steady declines, the U.S. Labor Department says. Applications for unemployment jumped to 380,000 last week. Most analysts say the increase isn't alarming, but it brings unemployment benefits filings to their highest level in two months. Some Long Islanders who have been looking for work for months say they're not surprised. Many say the local job market is highly competitive.

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