First-time unemployment benefits claims rose by 14,000 to 348,000 in the week that ended Saturday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
First-time claims rose from a revised figure of 334,000 for the previous week, the department said Thursday.
The four-week rolling average of first-time jobless claims was unchanged at 338,250.
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 15 were in California with a gain of 5,832, Michigan, up by 2,129, and Oregon with 1,574 additional claims.
The largest decreases were in Georgia with a drop of 7,759, Pennsylvania, down by 3,677, and Wisconsin with 3,227 fewer claims.
Original headline: First-time jobless claims climb by 14,000
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