WASHINGTON — Seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims fell to 391,000 for the week ending Feb. 19, a decrease of 22,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 413,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Continuing claims dropped to 3.790 million for the week ending Feb. 12, the lowest since Oct. 18, 2008, when there were 3.764 million continuing claims. The 3.790 million figure showed a decrease of 145,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3.935 million.

The figures were lower than the 400,000 of initial claims and 3.880 million of continuing claims projected by economists.

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