WASHINGTON — Initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped 12,000 in the March 28 week to 669,000, while continuing claims rose to another record high for the ninth week in a row, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

A Market News International survey had expected the initial claims level to rise by 3,000 to 655,000 this week from the originally reported 652,000 from the March 21 week, with forecasts ranging from 630,000 to 672,000.

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