Initial unemployment benefits claims for the week came to 367,000, up from the revised figure of 363,000 for the previous week.
The four-week rolling average was 375,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average.
The advance number of unadjusted actual first-time jobless benefits claims under state programs totaled 298,743 for the week, a decrease of 4,942 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
There were 332,394 initial benefits claims in the comparable week in 2011, the department's Employment and Training Administration said.
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