Article Photos: Weekly US jobless aid applications drop to 343K 2/3

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo taken in Walpole, Mass., an advertisement in the classified section of the Boston Herald newspaper calls attention to possible employment opportunities.  The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the lowest in two months. It is the second-lowest total this year. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)