WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Initial unemployment claims rose by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000 for the week ending Dec. 24, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.
The previous week’s revised figure was 366,000, the department said in a release.
At 375,000, the four-week moving average held under 400,000 for the seventh consecutive week.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in 2 1/2 years.
The advance number of actual unadjusted first-time joblessness claims under state programs was 490,364 in the week ending Dec. 24, an increase of 69,261 from the previous week, Labor Department officials said.