WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment benefits rose by 4,000 to 367,000 in the September 29 week, slightly lower than expected and following an 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 11,000 from the initially reported 359,000 level in the September 22 week. That week's claims level was revised up by 4,000 to 363,000.

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