There were 361,000 first-time claims in the week, a drop from the previous week's revised figure of 344,000.
The four-week rolling average for the week was 367,750, a decrease of 13,750 from the previous week.
The unadjusted advance number of first-time unemployment benefits claims under state programs totaled 400,422 for the week, a decrease of 28,766 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
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