WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims fell by 29,000 filings the week ending July 10 to a 23-month low of 429,000 as fewer manufacturing workers received seasonal furloughs than is normally the case, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

New unemployment claims have averaged 462,400 a week in 2010. Continuing claims rose 247,000 to 4.682 million the week ending July 3, the highest level since May 22. The four-week moving average for continuing claims increased for the first time in five weeks.

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