WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- First-time jobless benefit claims declined by 2,000 in the week ending Saturday with 402,000 claims filed, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.
The four-week rolling average for claims filed was also 405,500, up 1,750 from the previous revised average, the department said.
In September, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, unchanged from July and August.
In the week ending Oct. 15, Puerto Rico had the largest increase in first-time jobless claims with 1,286. California had the largest decrease in claims for the week with 8,942 fewer claims filed.