WASHINGTON — Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 7,000 to 455,000 in the Aug. 2 week on the continued impact of an emergency unemployment compensation program recently voted on by Congress, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

While thedepartment is still unable to quantify the actual impact of this program on the claims data, an analyst noted that some states are reporting filing by individuals that would not be able to file under the usual unemployment insurance rules.

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