A woman walks in front of a store on February 22, 2021, in New York City.
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Initial jobless claims hit their highest level since mid-November last week, the latest sign that a historically tight labor market is beginning to slow, according to Labor Department data released Thursday.
Claims totaled 251,000 for the week ended July 16, up 7,000 from the week before and above the 240,000 Dow Jones estimate.
The gain brought filings for unemployment insurance to their highest weekly level since Nov. 13, 2021 and provided another indicator that a jobs market on fire in 2021 has begun to cool this year.
Continuing claims, which run a week behind the headline…