Labor Department: Nothing Fishy About Latest Jobless Numbers

After a day of confusion over the latest jobless claims, the department says its numbers are good.

In this Nov. 5, 2009, photo, Jahaira Perez, right, and Takela Lawrence, second from right, both of Providence, R.I., examine job listings at a state managed employment center, in Providence.

In this Nov. 5, 2009, photo, Jahaira Perez, right, and Takela Lawrence, second from right, both of Providence, R.I., examine job listings at a state managed employment center, in Providence.

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CORRECTED ON 10/11/12: An earlier version of this story stated that California posted 2,069 new jobless claims the week ending October 6. It posted that gain in the week ending September 29.