WASHINGTON — Initial claims for state unemployment were unchanged at 479,000 in the Oct. 25 week, slightly higher than the 475,000 level expected, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

Seasonal factors had been expected to push unadjusted claims to 6.6%, or roughly 27,300, in the return week from the Columbus Day holiday. Initial unadjusted claims actually rose 27,617 to 443,728 in the Oct. 25 week. Unadjusted claims were 303,357 a year ago.

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