The four-week average was 370,250, up 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.
The advance number of unadjusted actual first-time jobless benefits claims under state programs totaled 309,923 for the week that ended Saturday, a decrease of 1,864 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
There were 336,761 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department's Employment and Training Administration said in a release.
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