WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- First-time claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose by 36,000 in the week ending Jan. 16, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.
It was the third consecutive week of increases. Last week, claims rose by 11,000. In the week prior to that, first-time claims rose by 1,000.
In the latest report, the 446,000 initial claims contributed to a four-week rolling average of 448,250, which was an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's average.
The U.S. jobless rate remained unchanged at 10 percent.
The biggest increases in claims for the week ending Jan. 9 were reported by California with 16,160 additional claims; Texas, which added 15,892; and Florida, which added 12,939, the report said.
For the week ending Jan. 9, the biggest decreases were reported by Oregon, with a decline of 5,784 claims; Iowa, declining by 4,450; and Kentucky, with 3,467 fewer claims than the week of Jan. 2.
State-by-state statistics lag a week behind the national report