WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits were exactly as expected in the October 26 week, falling by 10,000 to 340,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

A Labor Department analyst said California, which has been working off a backlog from computer issues since September, reported no carryover of claims from the previous week and that the October 26 week's claims from California were only those collected in that week.

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