Initial unemployment benefits claims for the week came to 382,000, up from the revised figure of 367,000 for the previous week.
The four-week rolling average was 375,000, up 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 371,750.
The advance number of unadjusted actual first-time jobless benefits claims under state programs totaled 297,402 for the week, a decrease of 12,058 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
There were 328,868 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department's Employment and Training Administration said in a release.
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