The four-week rolling average of first-time claims fell to 379,000, down 5,250 from the previous week. During the week ending Saturday, 367,000 first-time claims were filed.
The biggest increases in initial jobless claims for the last week of April in Indiana (up by 2,294), Florida (up by 1,767) and Illinois (up by 1,512). The largest decreases for the week were in New York (down by 21,258), California (down by 6,790) and Massachusetts (down by 2,530).
The U.S. unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, falling 0.1 percentage points from March to April.