WASHINGTON — Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 4,000 to 558,000 in the Aug. 8 week, according to data released by the Labor Department yesterday.

A Market News International survey had expected the initial claims level to fall to 543,000 in the Aug. 8 week from the originally reported 550,000 in the Aug. 1 week. The expectations ranged from 535,000 to 550,000.

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