WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits jumped more than expected in the March 30 week to their highest level in five months, rising by 28,000 to 385,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The initial claims level in the March 23 week was unrevised at 357,000. Expectations for this week's report was for a claims level of 350,000. The claims level in this week's report is the lowest since the Nov. 24, 2012 week — when it came in at 390,000. 

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