Jobless claims rise by 15,000 filings
Numbers skewed by computer backlog
Jobless claims climbed by 15,000 filings to 309,000 for the week ending Sept. 14, but those numbers were skewed by a backlog of unprocessed claims in two states.
Claims data have been thrown into disarray since an update in government computer systems in California and Nevada created a backlog in the processing of new claims two weeks ago.
That initially led to a sharp decline in new processed claims earlier this month, and a Labor Department analyst said the two states still appeared to be working through the backlog, which he said could take another week or two.