WASHINGTON — Initial claims for U.S. state unemployment increased 22,000 to 378,000 in the March 15 week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Analysts expected initial jobless claims to edge up 2,000 to 355,000 in the March 15 employment survey week. The March 8 week’s initial claims level was revised slightly upward to 356,000 from 353,000.

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