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Correction: US weekly jobless claims total 231,000, vs 225,000 expected I CNBC

cnbc.com US weekly jobless claims total 231,000, vs 225,000 expected CNBC The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but the trend in jobless claims continued to point to tightening labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 231,000 for the week ended June 30, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 225,000 in the latest week. Claims could become volatile in the coming weeks as automobile manufacturers close assembly lines for annual retooling. More auto workers are likely to be affected by the temporary plant closures than in the past, which could throw off the model that the government uses to smooth the data for seasonal fluctuations. General Motors has