WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment fell 22,000 to 356,000 in the Feb. 2 week after spiking in the previous week, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

Analysts expected initial jobless claims to fell 35,000 to 340,000 in the week. The previous week’s initial claims level was revised up to 378,000 from the previously reported 375,000 level.

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