The statistical office said initial claims fell to 316,000 in the week. The bureau also revised last week's figure from 323,000 to 326,000.
The four-week rolling average of first-time unemployment benefits claims fell by 7,500 to 331,750.
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 16 were in Florida, up by 888, Idaho with a gain of 573 and Mississippi, with a gain of 5345.
The largest decreases were in California, down by 4,644, Michigan, down by 3,342, and Pennsylvania, down by 3,112.