Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped to 366,000 from 371,000, which is an upwardly revised figure from last week's claims previously announced 368,000.
The four-week rolling average for the week fell 2,250 to 350,500.
The unadjusted advance number of first-time unemployment benefits claims under state programs totaled 386,176 for the week, a 16,696 increase from the previous week, the Labor Department said.
For the comparable week of 2012, there were 401,365 initial claims.
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