The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday first-time jobless benefits claims rose by 4,000 in the week ending Saturday to 371,000 claims.
The four-week rolling average for the week was 365,750, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 359,000.
In the current week, the unadjusted advance number of first-time unemployment benefits claims under state programs totaled 552,043 for the week, an increase of 61,944 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
For the comparable week of 2012, there were 646,219 initial claims,
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