New U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest level since January

Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 10:06 a.m. CDT; updated 7:56 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 9, 2009

WASHINGTON — The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to the lowest level since early January, largely because of changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs.