WASHINGTON — Initial claims for state unemployment were unchanged at 353,000 in the March 8 week, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

Analysts had expected claims to rise to a level of 355,000 in the March 8 week. The previous week’s initial claims level was revised up slightly to 353,000 from the previously reported 351,000 level.

Subscribe Now

Independent and authoritative analysis and perspective for the bond buying industry.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.