New jobless benefit claims unchanged at 505K

In this Oct. 13, 2009 photo, Alfred Johnston of BP talks to a group of job seekers at a career fair in Chicago. The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, after falling in five of the past six weeks.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

November 19, 2009 7:10:56 AM PST
The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment insurance was unchanged last week, remaining above the level that would indicate the economy is adding jobs.