Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Slightly more than 330,000 American workers have filed new unemployment claims, the Labor Department said in its weekly report Thursday.
The department said there were about 332,000 new claims filed last week, an increase of about 20,000 filings over the the previous week.
Most analysts expected about 320,000 new claims.
The department said the national unemployment rate for the week was 1.9%. Thursday's report also revised up the previous week's claims by about 2,000 filings.
The report said there were just under 2.7 million continuing claims nationwide, which lag initial claims by a week.
New filings have mostly decreased each week since a surprise surge in July. Last week's total was the lowest since mid-March of 2020, shortly after the arrival of COVID-19 in the United States.
Thursday's report said Louisiana, Michigan, California and Kansas saw the most new claims last week. Missouri, New York and Florida saw the greatest decreases in new filings.