ERIC MORATH And SARAH PORTLOCK
online.wsj.com
August 2, 2012

The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits rose last week, continuing an uneven pattern that suggests job creation was likely modest in July.

Separately, factory orders unexpectedly fell in June, the latest sign that the slowing economy is sapping demand.

Initial jobless claims, an indication of layoffs, increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000 in the week ended July 28, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast 370,000 new applications for jobless benefits last week.

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