After the big drop in the final week of 2016, analysts had expected claims to jump nearly 20,000 to 255,000. Photo: AFP

US jobless claims miss forecasts despite gains

Claims rise 10,000 to 247,000 in the first week of 2017

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After the big drop in the final week of 2016, analysts had expected claims to jump nearly 20,000 to 255,000. Photo: AFP
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