People attend a job training and resource fair at Coney Island in New York in this file photo taken December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to near a 43-year low, suggesting labor market resilience even though hiring slowed sharply in May.In a separate report, the Commerce Department said single-family home sales fell 6.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 551,000 units last month from a more than eight-year high in April amid weakness in three regions.New home sales were up 8.7 percent from a year ago and the overall housing market is gaining steam, with a report Wednesday showing home resales rose in May to a more than nine-year high. At May's sales pace it would take 5.3 months to clear the supply of houses on the market, up from 4.9 months in April.
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