Initial unemployment benefits claims for the week came to 365,000, a decline from the revised figure of 371,000 for the previous week.
The four-week rolling average was 371,250, up 250 from the previous week's revised average of 371,000.
The advance number of unadjusted actual first-time jobless benefits claims under state programs totaled 307,831 for the week, a decrease of 4,280 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
There were 348,582 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department's Employment and Training Administration said in a release.
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