Initial claims for state unemployment rose 15,000 to 478,000 in the Oct. 18 holiday week, slightly higher than the 470,000 expected, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

Seasonal factors had expected unadjusted claims to fall 11.3%, or roughly 51,000, in the holiday-shortened week, but instead unadjusted claims fell 8.6%, or 39,986. Unadjusted claims were 307,675 a year ago.

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