First-time unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 16 rose to 362,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate for the week ending Feb. 9, the latest figure available, was 2.4 percent, unchanged from the week prior.
The advance unadjusted number of initial claims under state programs was 346,428 for the week ending Feb. 16, down 14,758 from the week before. The number for the same week in 2012 was 346,659.
Ten states showed decreases of more than 1,000 initial unemployment claims for the week ended Feb. 9. The states included California, New York and Pennsylvania.
California had fewer layoffs in agriculture and service industries, with an overall decrease in unemployment claims of 4,830. New York had fewer layoffs in transportation, construction and educational services, with an overall decrease of 4,401. Pennsylvania had fewer layoffs in construction, transportation, food service and retail, with an overall decrease of 2,020.
Kansas was the only state with more than 1,000 initial claims. It faced a surge of layoffs in transportation manufacturing, with 2,344 initial claims filed.
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