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INSTANT VIEW 1-U.S. jobless claims rise less than expected last week

NEW YORK, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market.

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OMER ESINER, CHIEF STRATEGIST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE, WASHINGTON

"We probably don't care about this as much as we would in other weeks. It's a pretty flat number and it comes amid more important developments like ECB President Mario Draghi's press conference and tomorrow's payrolls data. So the initial jobless claims number is likely to get lost in the chatter."

MARKET REACTION: STOCKS: U.S. stock index futures held their gains .

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Keywords: USA ECONOMY/JOBLESS CLAIMS