The U.S. Labor Department Thursday said first-time jobless benefits claims rose by 15,000 in the week ending Saturday.
Initial unemployment benefits claims for the week came to 382,000, up from the revised figure of 367,000 for the previous week.
The four-week rolling average was 375,000, up 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 371,750.
The advance number of unadjusted actual first-time jobless benefits claims under state programs totaled 297,402 for the week, a decrease of 12,058 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
There were 328,868 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department's Employment and Training Administration said in a release.
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