Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since late 1969, a sign that employers are holding onto their workers despite signs of a slowing economy.The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 202,000. That is the lowest since the week of December 6, 1969.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the drop to such a low level indicates that companies are cutting very few workers. That’s a reassuring sign as other data, such as weak consumer and business spending, and sluggish growth overseas, points to slower U.S. growth this year.A report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP found that businesses added just 129,000 jobs in March, down from 197,000 the previous month.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press