WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 to 361,000 in the August 4 week after a slight upward revision to the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The median estimate of economists surveyed by MNI was for 367,000, a rise of 2,000 from the initially reported 365,000 level in the July 28 week. That week's claims level was revised up to 367,000.

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