WASHINGTON — Initial claims for state unemployment decreased 1,000 to 301,000 in the Jan. 19 week, the Labor Department reported yesterday, the lowest level since the Sept. 22, 2007, week when the level stood at 300,000. Analysts expected initial jobless claims to rise 20,000 to 321,000 in the Jan. 19 week following three straight weeks of declines in the data.

The previous week’s initial claims level was slightly upwardly revised to 302,000 in the Jan. 12 week from 301,000.

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