NEW YORK (AP) — The euro is rising against the dollar, a day after minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed that it is leaning toward more aid to boost the U.S. economy.
The dollar also weakened after the Labor Department said that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week.
The euro rose to $1.2589 Thursday, its highest point against the dollar since July 4. It was worth $1.2530 Wednesday.
In minutes released Wednesday, many Fed members said that additional aid would be needed soon if the economy doesn't improve. The Fed has already launched two rounds of bond purchases, most recently in August 2010. Those purchases can push interest rates lower and weaken the dollar.
The dollar is also falling against the British pound and Japanese yen.