Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week to a five-month high, interrupting steady labor-market progress.
Jobless claims rose by 13,000 to 282,000 in the week ended Dec. 5, the highest level since July 4, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey was 270,000. Even with the increase, applications are holding close to four-decade lows.
The jump last week represents a departure from a more subdued level of dismissals and may reflect the difficulty adjusting the data during the year-end holidays.