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The number of people seeking jobless benefits jumped after two straight weeks of declines.
The unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday.
Job openings are rising modestly, a sign that employers may step up hiring soon.
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Americans are not finding jobs at a fast enough rate to steady the country's wobbly economy.
West Virginia's coal mine disaster has renewed questions about mine safety.
Labor Department data show the pace of job cuts is slowing more than economists expected.
Unemployment claims fell 13,000 last week.
Employers slashed fewer jobs in April than they had in six months.
The Labor Department will release its unemployment numbers Friday.