Fewer unemployment claims may signal that the US job market is mending. But other data showed consumer sentiment has stabilized around levels associated with recessions. (Seth Perlman/Associated Press)
Hiring outlook could improve
Jobless claims hit 9-month low
By Bob Willis Bloomberg News / December 9, 2011
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Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting a drop in firings that may signal the job market is on the mend.
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