WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits rose by 15,000 to 382,000 in the September 8 holiday-shortened week, higher than expected and following a small upward revision to the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The median estimate of economists surveyed by MNI was for 370,000, an increase of 5,000 from the initially reported 365,000 level in the September 1 week. That week's claims level was revised up by 2,000 to 367,000.

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