BusinessNation & World Applications for unemployment benefits edge up 5,000 to 239,000, still at low level Originally published February 16, 2017 at 5:32 am Share story By The Associated Press The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for unemployment benefits edge up 5,000 to 239,000, still at low level. The Associated Press View Comments No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ. Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.