(CNN)--First-time unemployment claims rose to 418-thousand last week.
According to the Labor Department, that's more than the number filed the week before.
The government shutdown in Minnesota weighed on the overall number for the last two weeks.
But that ended yesterday (Wednesday) and state employees are slowly returning to work.
New York also saw more filings due to the end of the school year... not from teachers but instead from support staff.
The current unemployment rate in the U-S is nine-point-two-percent.
Parents left in the dark about a school threat in Tomahawk are speaking out.
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