WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits jumped more than expected in the January 26 week, up 38,000 to 368,000 after plunging to its lowest level in five years in the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Forecasts in a MNI survey of economists had centered around a rebound in jobless claims to 360,000. The initially reported 330,000 claims level for the January 19 week was unrevised.

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