Most economists expected the unemployment snapshot to show between 195,000 and 200,000 new claims.
Thursday's figure is the highest number of new filings since February, but most experts say the level they're at show a stable workforce. The weekly number of new claims has been relatively constant since the department reported 166,000 new filings at the start of April, which was the fewest since 1968.
The unemployment snapshot is the first since the department said a week ago that the U.S. economy added almost 430,000 jobs during the month of April, which solidly beat expectations.
The Labor Department also reported last week that there were a record 11.5 million openings nationwide at the end of March after 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Wednesday, the Labor Department reported that consumer prices in the United States -- a key inflation index -- increased slightly in April, but remained at the highest level in more than 40 years. Job growth typically has a sizable influence on inflation.
The department's follow-up report on Thursday, the Producer Price Index, showed that wholesale prices in the United States were up 11% in the 12 months ending in April.
"While it is heartening to see that annual inflation moderated in April, the fact remains that inflation is unacceptably high," President Joe Biden said on Wednesday. "Inflation is a challenge for families across the country and bringing it down is my top economic priority."