WASHINGTON — Seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims rose to 381,000 for the week ending Dec. 24, a gain of 15,000 over the previous week’s revised figure of 366,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Continuing claims increased to 3.601 million for the week ending Dec. 17, a gain of 34,000 over the previous week’s revised level of 3.567 million.

Initial claims were higher than the median 375,000 projected by economists polled by Thomson Reuters and continuing claims also were higher than the median 3.560 million they estimated.

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