Article Photos: Superstorm Sandy pushes US jobless claims to 439K 1/1

  FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, a worker cleans out a walk-in refrigerator in the dark at the West Side Wine & Liquor store, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 78,000 mostly because a large number of applications were filed in states damaged by the storm. People can claim unemployment benefits if their workplaces close and they don't get paid. (AP Photo/John Minchillo. File)