WASHINGTON — Seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims fell to 382,000 for the week ending March 19, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 387,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Continuing claims were 3.721 million for the week ending March 12, a decrease of 2,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3.723 million and the lowest level since Sept. 27, 2008, when continuing claims were 3.658 million.

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