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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unexpected strength from weekly U.S. jobless claims provided rare good news for the troubled U.S. economy on Thursday, but a measure of buying demand in the housing market continued to chill.
The number of U.S. workers applying for jobless benefits fell unexpectedly last week to the lowest level in four months, government data showed, signaling steadier labor market conditions that few had dared to imagine amid widespread talk of recession.
"Georgia unemployment increase termed 'troubling'"
"Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in December, up from 4.0 percent the previous month, the state reported Thursday.
For all of Georgia, the rate rose to 4.6 percent, up from 4.2 percent in November but still below the U.S. rate of 4.8 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor said."