WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims fell 24,000 to 456,000 in the week ending April 17, the largest weekly decline in claims since February and the first drop in three weeks, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

Continuing claims fell to 4.646 million for the week ending April 10.

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