Article Photos: US weekly unemployment benefit claims drop to 326k 1/1

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, audience members hold signs appealing for jobs as they attend a Democratic news conference about extending unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Labor Department reports on the number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last wee on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)